Novelist Who Wrote About Predatory Men Stays on Harvey Weinstein Jury

Variety | 1/22/2020 | Elizabeth Wagmeister
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A novelist who has an upcoming book about predatory older men in New York will remain on the Harvey Weinstein jury, despite vociferous objections from the defense.

Juror #11 showed up to opening statements on Wednesday, and sat through the full day of trial. Weinstein’s defense had argued last Friday that she should be removed from the panel “for cause,” saying she had lied on her questionnaire. Justice James Burke denied the request, and also shot down a defense motion for a mistrial.

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More fireworks were expected on the issue on Wednesday, but Burke quickly dispatched the defense’s objections. Speaking to Variety in the courthouse, Weinstein’s attorney Arthur Aidala said, “That’s been settled. The judge has settled that.” He did not provide other details.

Donna Rotunno, Weinstein’s lead attorney, said last Friday that she was frustrated that the woman was allowed on the panel.

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“We got the best jury we could get under the circumstances — obviously not happy with what happened in the end there,” she said. “I think that was an absolutely ridiculous decision. I think it was clear that one of the last jurors lied on her questionnaire and omitted some very important information that...
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