A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein has requested that the disgraced film mogul’s upcoming legal trial be moved out of New York Metropolis, saying he can’t get a good trial.
In a longshot movement filed with the New York State appellate courtroom on Friday, legal professional Arthur Aidala prompt the trial be moved to upstate Albany County or Suffolk County on Lengthy Island.
The movement cited the extreme media protection and circuslike environment surrounding Weinstein’s previous courtroom appearances in Manhattan, even noting that Weinstein’s identify was talked about on-line on the New York Submit’s gossip column Web page Six greater than 11,000 instances.
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“It’s protected to say that New York Metropolis is the least doubtless place on earth the place Mr. Weinstein might obtain a good trial, the place jurors might hear proof, deliberate, and render a verdict in an environment freed from intimidation from strain to ship a consequence that the politicians, the activists, the celebrities and the media demand,” Aidala wrote.
The courtroom papers additionally argued that Manhattan is the epicenter of the worldwide #metoo motion, which took off after quite a few ladies accused Weinstein of wrongdoing.
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ÈIt is tough to conceive of an analogous case in current reminiscence that has generated extra inflammatory press protection,È Aidala wrote.
A message left with the Manhattan district legal professional’s workplace was not instantly returned.
The 67-year-old Weinstein is charged with raping a girl in 2013 and performing a forcible intercourse act on a unique lady in 2006. He has pleaded not responsible and has denied all allegations of nonconsensual intercourse.
Weinstein is free on $1 million bail. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 9.