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Harvey Weinstein jury member wrote book about ‘predatory older men’

One of the jury members in the Harvey Weinstein case wrote a book about “predatory older men” and was still allowed to serve, despite repeated attempts to remove her about the novel and about her reviews of books on similar topics.

DailyMail.com can now reveal the identity of Amanda Brainerd because the case has been closed.

Brainerd was the most controversial of the five women and seven men who served in Weinstein’s rape and sexual violence trial, found guilty of third-degree rape and a criminal sexual act on Monday. He is now confronted with a maximum of 25 years in prison.

The 52-year-old wrote Age of Consent, which will be released this summer, and is about “three young women in the 1980s, negotiating laden friendships, sexuality, class, and predatory older men on the journey from innocence to independence.”

But the moment Brainerd’s name came up, Weinstein’s lawyers had used all their compelling jury challenges and the judge refused to give them more challenges.

His team tried again to remove her last Tuesday after discovering that she had written online review of a book called My Dark Vanessa, which has a similar subject to the case. Brainerd wrote them admired “the claustrophobia of Vanessa’s isolation, the repulsiveness of her predator and her entanglement in the relationship.”

One of the jury members in the Harvey Weinstein case wrote a book about “predatory older men.” Amanda Brainerd (photo), whose identity can now be revealed because the case is closed, wrote Age of Consent, which will be released this summer

Brainerd was the most controversial of the five women and seven men who served in Weinstein's rape and sexual violence trial, found on Monday morning guilty of third-degree rape and a criminal sexual act (photo). He is now confronted with a maximum of 25 years in prison

Brainerd was the most controversial of the five women and seven men who served in Weinstein's rape and sexual violence trial, found on Monday morning guilty of third-degree rape and a criminal sexual act (photo). He is now confronted with a maximum of 25 years in prison

Brainerd was the most controversial of the five women and seven men who served in Weinstein’s rape and sexual violence trial, found on Monday morning guilty of third-degree rape and a criminal sexual act (photo). He is now confronted with a maximum of 25 years in prison

It was no irony in Weinstein’s legal team that another man was kicked out of the potential jury because he was joking about promoting his book on Twitter.

Weinstein’s lawyers tried to claim that Brainerd had misrepresented herself in her jury questionnaire, but the judge allowed her to serve.

Just before the jury was sent for deliberation, his legal team made two more attempts to have her replaced by a replacement.

Weinstein’s lawyer, Damon Cheronis, complained about the review of My Dark Vanessa, by author Elizabeth Russell, on the Goodreads website, in which Brainerd said she had read it last August, long before the trial began.

She wrote: “I understand that the story focuses on the girl and the man, but I did not find Vanessa’s complete lack of interaction with anyone else credible.

“Russell addresses a very difficult subject with sensitivity and insight, but I wish there had been more characters in the story to portray the horror of the central relationship.”

According to her profile on Goodreads, Brainerd is currently reading Le Consentement by French novelist Vanessa Springora, about sexual relationships between children under the age of 16.

The other books she has read are The Woman Destroyed by feminist author Simone de Beauvoir and a novel called The Better Liar.

Brainerd went to the exclusive $ 52,000 per year Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan before graduating from Harvard College and obtaining a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.

Brainerd attended the exclusive $ 52,000 per year Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan before graduating from Harvard College and obtaining a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She has a job as a broker in New York with agency Brown, Harris, Steven

Brainerd attended the exclusive $ 52,000 per year Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan before graduating from Harvard College and obtaining a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She has a job as a broker in New York with agency Brown, Harris, Steven

Brainerd attended the exclusive $ 52,000 per year Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan before graduating from Harvard College and obtaining a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She has a job as a broker in New York with agency Brown, Harris, Steven. Her book will be published this summer

His team tried again last week to have her removed after discovering that she had written an online review of a book called My Dark Vanessa that has a similar subject to the case. Brainerd wrote (photo) that she admired 'the claustrophobia of Vanessa's isolation, the repulsiveness of her predator and her entanglement in the relationship'

His team tried again last week to have her removed after discovering that she had written an online review of a book called My Dark Vanessa that has a similar subject to the case. Brainerd wrote (photo) that she admired 'the claustrophobia of Vanessa's isolation, the repulsiveness of her predator and her entanglement in the relationship'

His team tried again last week to have her removed after discovering that she had written an online review of a book called My Dark Vanessa that has a similar subject to the case. Brainerd wrote (photo) that she admired ‘the claustrophobia of Vanessa’s isolation, the repulsiveness of her predator and her entanglement in the relationship’

According to her profile on Goodreads, Brainerd is currently reading Le Consentement by French novelist Vanessa Springora, about sexual relationships between children under the age of 16.

According to her profile on Goodreads, Brainerd is currently reading Le Consentement by French novelist Vanessa Springora, about sexual relationships between children under the age of 16.

According to her profile on Goodreads, Brainerd is currently reading Le Consentement by French novelist Vanessa Springora, about sexual relationships between children under the age of 16.

Her daily job is as a broker in New York at agency Brown, Harris, Stevens.

According to her biography, since 2001 she has sold properties worth nearly $ 700 million to her clients.

DailyMail.com received an advance from her book Age of Consent and can reveal that one of the most important relationships in the book is between Eva, a virgin who is a student at the fictional elite Connecticut college Griswold in 1983, and Bob Winkler, her English professor.

Despite the obvious age differences and power mania, Brainerd does not dwell on the dark side of such relationships.

During her first lesson, Eva gets into trouble because she passes on a note with a quote from the novel The Catcher in the Rye, which states that she is “the greatest sex maniac you have ever seen.”

Winkler calls her to his office where he calls her “precocious” and Brainerd writes that Eva “puts a sugar cube on her lips and sucks on it.”

Winkler tells her: ‘You have a nice profile. Almost like Picasso. ”

Winkler later sent her a note saying, “Come to my room tonight so we can discuss your newspaper.”

It had the letters L.H.O.O.Q at the bottom, a reference to the French surrealist Marcel Duchamp, which roughly translates to ‘she has a hot a **’.

Brainerd writes that Eva thought to himself: “He was so different from (her school-age friend) David. So at ease with girls. ”

Weinstein's lawyers tried to claim that Brainerd had misrepresented herself in her jury questionnaire, but the judge allowed her to serve

Weinstein's lawyers tried to claim that Brainerd had misrepresented herself in her jury questionnaire, but the judge allowed her to serve

Weinstein’s lawyers tried to claim that Brainerd had misrepresented herself in her jury questionnaire, but the judge allowed her to serve

Just before the jury was sent for deliberation, his legal team made two more attempts to have her replaced by a replacement

Just before the jury was sent for deliberation, his legal team made two more attempts to have her replaced by a replacement

Just before the jury was sent for deliberation, his legal team made two more attempts to have her replaced by a replacement

During a dinner, Eve muses: ‘Here was a real man … Winkler admired Eve sincerely and openly. He could teach her what to do. So what if she had not passed second base? She had sex appeal. ”

Winkler invites her to a drink with a bourbon at a later meeting.

The book says: “And then he kissed her. She couldn’t believe it … she started kissing him back, hoping she did well.

‘Eva was aware of the hand of her teacher on her back, the smell of wood smoke, his corduroy knee. He was excellent, she thought, supple and this must be the way a man kissed. How had she waited so long? “

Winkler put his hands in her pants and she got tense, so he told her, “Hush.”

He said to her, “I have wanted to do this for a long time.”

Eva thought to herself: “This was good anyway. She certainly didn’t have to be afraid of a man who would kiss her like that. “

Another part of the book is about how Eva’s girlfriend Justine lost her virginity to a man twenty years older than she.

He was Gerald Sweeney, the artistic director of the theater that always led her father.

Justine describes him as “33 years old, a charismatic man with sweeping reddish hair.”

On Tuesday, Weinstein's lawyers made a final attempt to oust Brainerd (photographed with her husband in 2010) and replace it with an alternative because they claimed to have written a review of a French book on child abuse while she was on the jury

On Tuesday, Weinstein's lawyers made a final attempt to oust Brainerd (photographed with her husband in 2010) and replace it with an alternative because they claimed to have written a review of a French book on child abuse while she was on the jury

On Tuesday, Weinstein’s lawyers made a final attempt to oust Brainerd (photographed with her husband in 2010) and replace it with an alternative because they claimed to have written a review of a French book on child abuse while she was on the jury

In the book, an artistic director of the theater takes the virginity of a 14-year-old before dumping her weeks later, and explains that he only wanted her “the last time.” The line shows a striking similarity with the testimony of Weinstein prosecutor Jessica Mann (photo) who said that Weinstein raped her after she had shouted ‘you owe me one more time’

The book says: “Gerald’s pursuit of Justine started innocently enough when she was 13 … he gave her a first edition (of the book) Wind in the Willows. He would take her to cafes where Justine felt wonderfully mature when she drank tea with him.

“She felt like a girl in a foreign film. When he first kissed her, his tongue in her mouth had been a surprise, like a big piece of steak. At the age of fourteen he mowed her on the stage of her father’s theater. “

A few weeks later they went to a movie, but after sex he said “it was over.”

Brainerd writes: “He wanted her to do that one last time.”

The line shows a striking similarity with the testimony of Weinstein prosecutor Jessica Mann, who said that Weinstein raped her after she had shouted “you owe me one more time.”

After he explained that he “couldn’t resist … because you’re so attractive,” Mann said.

On the official website for ‘Age of Consent’ they quote a review from Aline Brosh McKenna, screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada and co-maker of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

It says: “A powerful, wildly entertaining story of friendship and identity against the backdrop of the early 1980s, an era that has eerie parallels with today. Brainerd brilliantly records the struggles of young women trying to find their way in a time when their parents and role models are in a deep crisis. Age of Consent is both a juicy page version and a spooky, personal portrait of an era ‘.

However, one woman on Goodreads was not so positive.

She wrote: ‘I kept waiting for things to happen and they just didn’t happen. I didn’t like any of the characters and I really didn’t feel any empathy for them.

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