Harvey Weinstein and his legal team met with prosecutors behind closed doors for an hour on Wednesday to put together a team of jurors who will decide the disgraced movie mogul's fate in his rape trial.
She left discreetly about ten minutes afterwards, according to police officers outside.More news: Ariana Grande Hit With Copyright Suit Over '7 Rings'
As Gigi said, "I think I'm still able to keep an open mind on the facts."After the application was reviewed by judges, she and about 60 others were dismissed with the consent of both prosecutors and the defence". Recently, Weinstein's lawyers also demanded the trial be moved out of New York City, because of the flash mob protests and a crush of reporters and photographers.
When screening began, over a third of potential jurors admitted they didn't feel they could be impartial if they were asked to serve on the high profile case. It cited a "deluge" of pre-trial publicity which was "stoked" by media coverage of new sex abuse charges levied against Weinstein in Los Angeles last week, the day his trial began.
Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges in NY of assaulting two women, and faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault.More news: PS4 exclusive ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ is reportedly coming to PC in 2020
In the courtroom, Justice James Burke admitted the producer's notoriety made it unlikely that any potential juror would not have heard of the allegations against him, but insisted that didn't necessarily mean they would be disqualified from sitting. The court has not ruled.
Hayek said Weinstein sexually harassed her repeatedly, arriving unexpectedly at her room "at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location;"; asking that she shower with him; asking that she let him watch her shower; asking that she let him give her a message; and other acts. If convicted, face life imprisonment.
Seven more jurors and six alternates are still needed to complete the panel, and the process will continue this afternoon in Manhattan Supreme Court. He told prospective jurors that he expected the trial to finish up in early March.More news: Winter Weather Advisory Thursday