Harvey Weinstein appeals against conviction for sex crimes


Weinstein, 69, was convicted in New York City in February 2020 and later sentenced to 23 years in prison. It was seen as a landmark moment in the #MeToo movement against the sexual abuse and harassment of women. Weinstein, formerly one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures, has consistently denied any wrongdoing. He has vowed to clear his name. Filed in New York State Supreme Court, the long-anticipated appeal signals the start of what is expected to be a lengthy attempt to have his conviction quashed. His lawyers argue that the judge made several errors that denied Weinstein’s right to a fair trial. “With a year behind us and emotions subsided, the transcript of the case confirms what we always believed: that Mr Weinstein did not receive a fair trial,” one of Weinstein’s lawyers, Arthur Aidala, said in a statement sent to the BBC on Monday. Dozens of women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct, including rape, against Weinstein, an Oscar-winning producer. The allegations began to emerge in October 2017, when the New York Times newspaper first reported incidents dating back decades.

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