Harvey Weinstein appeals against conviction for sex crimes

Harvey Weinstein appeals against conviction for sex crimes
Harvey Weinstein. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers have launched an appeal against his conviction for sexual assault and rape.

The 69-year-old disgraced US film producer was convicted in New York City in February 2020 and later sentenced to 23 years in prison.

His conviction was seen as a landmark moment in the #MeToo movement against the sexual harassment and abuse of women.

Weinstein, who was once one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures, has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

He has vowed to clear his name from the allegations against him. The long-anticipated appeal, filed in New York State Supreme Court, signals the start of what is expected to be a lengthy attempt to have his conviction quashed.

Mr Weinstein’s lawyers argue that the judge made several errors that denied Weinstein’s right to a fair trial.

Arthur Aidala, one of Weinstein’s lawyers, said in a statement: “With a year behind us and emotions subsided, the transcript of the case confirms what we always believed: that Mr Weinstein did not receive a fair trial.”

Dozens of women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the Oscar-winning producer, including rape.

The sexual harassment allegations began to emerge against him in October 2017, when the New York Times newspaper first reported incidents dating back decades.

Weinstein faces further criminal charges, for sexual assault and rape, in Los Angeles, California, where he is due to stand trial.

The former film producer is currently being held in a maximum-security prison in New York state. He had heart surgery after his February 2020 conviction and tested positive for Covid-19 a month later while in jail.

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