‘Prove my innocence’: Harvey Weinstein can still appeal

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“Prove My Innocence”
Harvey Weinstein can still appeal

In 2020, Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and assault. The ex-Hollywood tycoon wants to continue to prove his innocence, but his appeal against the verdict was rejected in June. Now an appeals court has decided otherwise.

Ex-Hollywood tycoon Harvey Weinstein, 70, is eligible to appeal his 2020 sex offense conviction. An appeals court in New York on Wednesday cleared the move, US media reported unanimously.

“We are hopeful and grateful for this rare opportunity,” Weinstein spokesman Juda Engelmayer said in a statement on Wednesday. A lot went wrong in the earlier trial and in the sentencing, Engelmayer continued.

Juror and judge allegedly biased

Weinstein insisted on his innocence in the statement, thanking his lawyers: “Your hard work will help me eventually prove my innocence.” Weinstein’s lawyers said the ex-mogul was denied a fair trial. They justified their accusation with a supposedly biased juror and the alleged bias of Judge James Burke, among other things.

The lawyers initially failed on an appeal to the New York Court of Appeals in June. Now a higher body of the court complied with their request to challenge the verdict.

Imprisonment for rape and assault

Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison in March 2020 for rape and assault. The conviction marked a milestone in legal history. In the high-profile case that sparked the #MeToo movement, the jury believed the testimonies of several women, despite Weinstein’s pleas of innocence and a lack of evidence.

Weinstein is currently being held in a Los Angeles jail awaiting trial in California. He was also recently faced with a lawsuit in Britain. That’s according to an official announcement on the official website of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) law enforcement agency on June 8. According to the statement, the CPS authorized police to charge Weinstein on two counts of assault. The charges were approved after examining evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police during their investigation. The incidents involving a woman are said to have taken place in 1996.

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