HARVEY Weinstein’s bid for a mistrial has been rebuffed after it was alleged one of the jurors had written a novel about older men pursuing younger girls.
The disgraced movie mogul’s legal “dream team” Donna Rotunno and Damon Cheronis claimed one of the jury had lied by not disclosing she was the author of “Age of Consent”.
The judge James Burke was told the novel was about boarding school girls and their sexual relationships with older men in New York.
Cheronis argued the book’s theme were too similar to some of the sexual harassment claims made against 67-year-old Weinstein.
Therefore, he argued, there were grounds for a mistrial.
But Burke said the juror could serve.
As previously reported, Weinstein’s lawyers have tried unsuccessfully, to move the trial out of New York City.
They argue the media hub where celebrities and ordinary people often intersect can’t possibly give their client a fair trial.
Yesterday 24-year-old supermodel Gigi Hadid was officially dismissed after she told the judge that she had met the accused rapist.
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Of more than 600 people summoned as potential jurors in Weinsteins case, some have marked themselves for disqualification by admitting they knew one of his many accusers or had personal experience with sexual abuse.
Another question was whether they have read Catch and Kill,” a book by Ronan Farrow, one of the first reporters to bring the allegations to light.
It also transpired that one man’s wife starred on a show that Weinstein’s studio produced and said he couldn’t be impartial.
Then, one woman said she could not be impartial because she has a close friend who had an encounter with the defendant in his hotel room.
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