Criminal proceedings against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on sexual harassment and rape began by a jury in New York, the court’s website reported on February 18.
The New York Times reports that the judge has banned Weinstein’s defense from contacting journalists until the jury verdicts his case.
Weinstein’s lawyer Donna Rotunno previously published in Newsweek magazine her words of support to the producer. She also urged jurors not to pay attention to articles reporting sexual harassment committed by Weinstein.
Recall, the producer Harvey Weinstein is accused of two rapes, two facts of sexual assault against his former colleagues and subordinates. If Weinstein is found guilty, he is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Recall also, in October 2017, The New York Times published allegations against Weinstein of sexual harassment of several women for more than 30 years. To date, over 80 women, including actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek, have publicly announced that Weinstein was offering them intimate relationships in exchange for career growth.
Weinstein denies the allegations.