Weinstein Lawyers Sought To Show Jury ‘Loving’ Emails From Accusers

Marla Diamond
January 21, 2020 - 12:45 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Both the defense and the prosecution on Tuesday outlined the cases they will be presenting to the jury when Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial gets underway in New York City.

Defense attorneys wanted to begin a trial by showing the jury actual e-mails in which Weinstein’s accusers allegedly bragged about their sexual relationship with the disgraced movie mogul.

Judge James Burke denied that request, but said he will allow excerpts from the e-mails in opening statements.

One of Weinstein’s attorneys, Damon Cheronis, said there are dozens of “loving” e-mails, including one in which he says an accuser sent Weinstein her new phone number after the alleged assault occurred.

Cheronis says another describes a woman wanting to introduce Weinstein to her mother.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi called Cheronis’ statements “blatantly inappropriate.”

Prosecutors plan to show the jury photos of Weinstein’s six accusers in their opening statement so the jury can organize who will be testifying.

All this comes on the same day in which defense lawyers sought to have a female juror who wrote a book about predatory older men thrown off the jury before opening arguments.

They also sought to change the venue once again, claiming that Weinstein will not have a fair trial in New York City due to the carnival-like atmosphere during the jury selection. An appeals court said no, without elaborating, in a brief ruling Tuesday.

According to CBS News Legal Analyst Rikki Klieman, in essence this situation "is what triggered the #MeToo movement, so Harvey Weinstein is looked at as public enemy number one." 

Prosecutors argued that potential jurors in other jurisdictions have also had access to the same media coverage.

Weinstein maintains that the sex was consensual and Klieman expects Weinstein's lawyers will grill his accusers for their continued relationships, e-mails, phone calls, and appearances with Weinstein.

The judge has already warned jurors that the trial is not a referendum on the #MeToo movement.