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Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers, Donna Rotunno, and Damon Cheronis to weigh in on the process and the final outcome of a case.
During a visit to Fox News’ “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, Harvey Weinstein, the defense attorneys, Donna Rotunno, and Damon Cheronis discussed the guilty verdict that the former Hollywood movie producer, received it on Monday, and after a few weeks of the trial.
Weinstein, 67, was found guilty of third-degree rape for an attack on a would-be actress, in 2013, and a criminal sex act of violence, performing oral sex on a production assistant, She Haleyi in his apartment in 2006. The jury found him not guilty on the most serious charges, and aggressive, gender-based violence, which could have resulted in a life sentence. He was sentenced to a term of imprisonment by the court immediately after the conviction.
Rotunno admitted that she was surprised by the decision and felt that it was, in part, because the jury, in the sense that they are not able to leave without a guilty verdict.
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“I think that the evidence simply does not support a guilty finding on all counts,” Rotunno stated. “I think the judge was in a position where they’re looked up with a final verdict on five counts and could feel that she was not able to walk in there and convict him of anything.”
Rotunno admitted that He was “shocked” by the verdict “because he will know that he didn’t rape anyone.”
Harvey Weinstein leaves the court during his rape trial on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, and in New York city. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
The pair also talked about the emotional moments that took place during the process, which is one of a person who was, is so severe that it temporarily stopped the trial.
Rotunno said the high emotions may have played a role in the guilty verdict, in spite of their efforts, in order to prevent this from becoming a problem.
“It’s one of the things that we are hoping that we will be able to deal with the selection of the jury,” Rotunno said. They claimed that they asked the potential jurors, “We all know that it’s going to be emotional, and we know that they are going to be asked tough questions. You can do that on the side, and take a look at the evidence?”
Rotunno also discussed whether she maintains her beliefs in the Weinstein’s innocence, despite facing charges of 80 and for women.
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“It seems to me that he was innocent of the crimes they are dealing with, in our case, yourself,” she said. “In terms of what the jury was asked to find guilt or innocence, I think, is that Mr. Weinstein is not guilty of these charges, on the basis of the evidence that I was in a position to judge, and to have to deal with, and for the last nine months.”
The evidence, Cheronis said, and that included feelings, according to Weinstein, the evidence of positive relationships with co-workers, and even the critics.
Harvey Weinstein and his attorney, Donna Rotunno in a Manhattan court to attend the jury selection for his trial on rape and assault charges Friday, Nov. 17, 2020, in New York city. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
“Our problem is with the nature of the contact, the type of e-mail messages, and the type of loving response, is only for the us, it doesn’t add up to a non-consensual encounter,” Cheronis said.
After the court’s announcement, Rotunno said she is planning to file an appeal as soon as possible,” and to explain that Weinstein has been “tough and strong”, in spite of his difficult medical condition. Rotunno stated that Weinstein had high blood pressure, and palpitation of the heart during the route from the Rikers Island, new york.
During the interview, Rotunno said, “there was a problem with one of the members of the jury, and that the information that they needed to be, in the event that the state, as the grounds for the appeal. They are also referred to as a number of other reasons, including issues related to evidence and issues.”
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He will face a second trial in Los Angeles for a similar crime. Rotunno said, ” but it is not sure that she would have to deal with that process as well.
Fox News’ Martha MacCallum contributed to this report.