Harvey Weinstein appeals his rape conviction because ‘he did not receive a fair trial’
Harvey Weinstein has appealed his conviction for rape and sex crimes, claiming he has not received a fair trial.
The disgraced movie mogul’s attorney filed a 166-page appeal in Manhattan on Monday, alleging that the judge had given too much testimony about Weinstein’s reputation and character.
They say that’s why the jury convicted him, rather than the facts of the case.
Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison. He is already 69 and, as his lawyers routinely pointed out at trial, in poor health.
Weinstein was convicted in February last year for one time criminal assault in the first degree and once for rape in the third degree.
He was acquitted of three other charges. He was convicted on March 11.
“Simply put, the prosecution tried Weinstein’s character, not his behavior,” his lawyers said in their appeal Monday.
Harvey Weinstein has appealed his conviction for rape and sex crimes, alleging he did not receive a fair trial