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Harvey Weinstein appeals against convictions for rape and sexual assault

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Harvey Weinstein appeals against convictions for rape and sexual assault

Harvey Weinstein is appealing against his convictions for sexual assault and rape.

The 69-year-old was sentenced to 23 years in prison in March 2020, after claims against him led to the #MeToo movement.

The disgraced Hollywood producer is seeking a new trial, claiming the judge in New York denied him an impartial jury.

Weinstein claims that Justice James Burke denied him the presumption of innocence when the judge allowed the jury to hear testimony from three women who alleged the former movie mogul assaulted them, even though these claims did not result in a criminal charge.

Weinstein was convicted of assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann.

He has denied any non-consensual sexual encounters.

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In a court filing, Weinstein's lawyers laid out seven grounds to overturn his convictions.

As well as the appeal about testimony, the jailed producer has complained about the refusal from the judge to bar a prospective juror who wrote an autobiographical book about "the predations of older men against younger women, and who lied about the substance of the book during" jury selection.

Weinstein's legal team also state he received "a sentence that was harsh and excessive".

"We have filed a 166-page brief, outlining several serious mistakes made during the course of the trial," Weinstein's appellate lawyer Barry Kamins said in a statement to CNBC.

"We are confident that the Appellate Division will find these issues serious enough to require a reversal of the conviction," Mr Kamins said.

Weinstein is also facing charges of rape and sexual assault against five alleged victims filed in Los Angeles, California, and could be sentenced to 140 years in prison if convicted.

The first public allegations against Weinstein appeared in the New York Times in October 2017 when several women, including actress Ashley Judd, accused the movie producer of sexual harassment.

He was fired shortly afterwards from the board of the production company he founded with his brother, Bob.

Then further allegations came in from more women, including some of Hollywood's biggest names like Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

Weinstein went on trial in January 2020, and was convicted in February. He was sentenced the next month. 

Reference: Sky News: Tim Baker, news reporter  

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