A deadlock during the Harvey Weinstein rape trial - 22-Feb


The jury will continue Day 4 of deliberations this afternoon, ending an hour earlier than usual - a shortened day that resulted in some angry words from defense attorney Donna Rotunno prior to the jury's entrance this morning.

Asked outside the court in Manhattan what he thought the verdict would be, Weinstein, 67, shrugged and said he remained confident.

If, alternatively, jurors have reached or may attain a consensus that Weinstein is responsible of crimes in opposition to Haley and/or Mann, they might then transfer on to the predatory counts involving Haley, Mann and Sciorra.

The Weinstein trial has been underway for just over a month.

Exterior the courthouse, legal professional Gloria Allred, who represents three of the accusers who testified (although she shouldn't be instantly concerned on this prison trial) wouldn't speculate on the jury's leanings, telling Deadline that the trial, with its a number of accusers and prison counts, is much more hard for a jury than the Invoice Cosby trial.

Burke did not directly answer the jury's question, but instead told them to keep trying to agree.

Their inability to reach a conclusion so far now means that the jury deliberations will run into a second week. He despatched the jurors again for additional deliberations.

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Jurors told the judge they weren't in agreement on the two counts of predatory sexual assault - the two most serious charges the former Hollywood producer faces.

Rotunno, who was warned by Judge Burke not to talk to the press following an op-ed she recently wrote about the case for Newsweek, complained to the judge about Allred's frequent TV appearances (Allred's clients include Sciorra, Haley and Young). The decide didn't settle for the suggestion. If he is convicted on at least one charge of predatory sexual assault, he could face life behind bars. Weinstein is also charged with first-degree criminal sexual act and two counts of rape. These crimes carry attainable jail sentences of 5 to 25 years.

All of the charges come from the accusations made by Sciorra, the ex-Project Runway production assistant, Mimi Haleyi, as well as Jessica Mann, who was an aspiring actress at the time of the purported altercation.

Sciorra, now 59, was the first accuser to testify and took the witness stand almost a month ago, telling jurors how the once-powerful movie mogul showed up unexpectedly at the door of her Manhattan apartment before barging in and raping and forcibly performing oral sex on her in late 1993 or early 1994.

Earlier this week, jurors requested to rehear the testimony and cross-examination of Haley, who has accused the Miramax co-founder of forcibly performing oral sex on her in his SoHo apartment in 2006.

Prosecutors say Sciorra weighed only about 110 pounds (50 kilograms) in those days, making her no match for the 300-pound (135-kilogram) Weinstein. Counts 4 and 5 are first- and third-degree rape, and pertain only to Mann.