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Harvey Weinstein Wants To Move His Trial Out Of New York

He believes that local media coverage prevents a fair trial.

Harvey Weinstein would like his trial for two sexual assaults, which is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 9, to be moved out of New York City. The former film producer, who had once incorporated Manhattan's silhouette into his Miramax company's logo, now believes that the intensity of local media coverage would prevent jurors from granting him a fair trial.

In a document filed on Friday, August 16, with an appeals division of the Supreme Court of New York State, his legal team put forward several arguments, including the fact that his name was mentioned more than 11,000 times on Page Six, the New York Post's irreverent gossip site.

Admittedly, New Yorkers cannot escape the headlines on billboards and newspapers on every street corner. For lawyer Arthur L. Aidala, Manhattan is the epicenter of the global #MeToo movement, triggered by the Weinstein case.

"New York City is the least likely place on earth where Mr. Weinstein could receive a fair trial"

"It is safe to say that New York City is the least likely place on earth where Mr. Weinstein could receive a fair trial," Arthur L. Aidala wrote, before proposing Suffolk County and Albany County as alternatives to Manhattan. 

But as the New York Times notes, it is "not at all clear" that Harvey Weinstein, accused of sexual abuse (ranging from harassment to rape) by more than 80 women, including many celebrities, has a better reputation there.

A spokesman for the New York County Attorney's Office said the New York County Attorney General would respond in writing to the former producer's request. The prosecutor also requested the addition of a third woman's charge to the case file, for acts committed 25 years ago (and therefore time-barred).

The court will rule on both motions on Monday, August 26.

By Camille Hamet, published on 21/08/2019

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