Harvey Weinstein appeared in courtroom once more on Wednesday in Los Angeles in his rape and sexual assault trial that started on Monday.
On Tuesday, Weinstein’s lawyer, Mark Werksman, requested Los Angeles Superior Courtroom Decide Lisa B. Lench for assist concerning his consumer’s holding cell. Werksman stated the circumstances have been “unhygienic” and “almost medieval.”
On Wednesday, Werksman thanked the choose for coping with the circumstances and stated, “The sheriffs inspected and cleaned up the place where he’s being housed.”
Wednesday was the ultimate day the courtroom featured a jury panel within the choice course of. Courtroom might be darkish on Thursday with attorneys returning on Friday for motions in limine, or the final arguments on what proof may be offered in courtroom.
Weinstein addressed the potential jurors on Wednesday after Werksman launched him to the courtroom.
“We are very pleased to introduce you to Mr. Harvey Weinstein, our client,” his lawyer stated with Weinstein replying, “Hi everyone,” as he waved.
Weinstein has pleaded not responsible to 11 counts of rape and sexual assault involving California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel, and 4 different girls. The ladies will testify as “Jane Doe” through the trial in a Los Angeles courtroom, the place jury choice started Monday.
Weinstein, 70, is presently serving a 23-year jail sentence following a conviction in New York. Weinstein was granted permission to take his appeal of his 2020 intercourse crime conviction to the New York State Courtroom of Appeals.
Weinstein’s trial, which comes 5 years after girls’s tales about him gave momentum to the #MeToo motion, is predicted to final eight weeks.
With the sluggish strategy of screening and choosing jurors from a pool of greater than 200 folks, opening statements are usually not anticipated till Oct. 24.
The Related Press contributed to this report.