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Harvey Weinstein appeals sexual assault conviction

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein filed a motion through his attorneys Monday appealing his 2020 conviction for sexual assault, The Washington Post reported.

Weinstein’s attorneys reportedly argued that a judge erred in refusing to dismiss a juror who revealed that she had written a book that touched on themes of “sexual predation of older men.”

Other potential grounds cited by his attorneys for appeal of his conviction, which centered on charges filed in New York, included a separate decision by the Los Angeles district attorney to file rape charges against Weinstein the day before the New York trial was set to enter jury selection, according to the Post.

“This only increased the media firestorm, but the trial court refused to delay the trial,” Weinstein’s attorneys wrote in the court filing.

The 69-year-old Miramax co-founder is currently serving a decades-long sentence in New York for his conviction on charges of sexual assault and rape, and is set to be eventually extradited to California to face further charges there.

He was accused in stories published by The New York Times and New York Magazine by dozens of women of rape, sexual assault and other various forms of unwanted lewd behavior. A statement released by Weinstein in October 2017 apologized for the lewd behavior but he has denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex.”

An attorney for several woman who said they were victims of Weinstein blasted the development in a statement to The Hill.

“Harvey Weinstein’s criminal appeal is a desperate attempt to undo a fair trial overseen by Judge Burke and the findings of a well-reasoned and thoughtful jury.  We are confident the appeal will not alter his conviction and sentence,” the attorney, Douglas H. Wigdor, said.

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