(CNN)Jurors in Harvey Weinstein’s trial requested the choose Friday if they are often held on some counts however unanimous on others, suggesting they could be deadlocked on the 2 most severe fees.
The jury requested if they may fail to achieve a unanimous verdict on Rely 1 and/or Rely three whereas agreeing on different counts. Rely 1 is predatory sexual assault associated to Miriam Haley and Annabella Sciorra. Rely three is predatory sexual assault associated to Jessica Mann and Sciorra. Predatory sexual assault is punishable by as much as life in jail.
The choose instructed the jurors to proceed deliberating on these fees and stated that any verdict they return should be unanimous.
“In the event you can not return a verdict on a selected depend, you can’t return a verdict on that depend,” he stated.
Protection attorneys famous on the file that they have been keen to simply accept a partial verdict. The federal government was not.
Deliberations ended for the day at three p.m., and jurors are anticipated to return to courtroom to proceed deliberating Monday morning.
The jury has despatched in 10 notes since deliberations started Tuesday. A number of of the notes have associated to Sciorra’s allegations, and earlier within the day, courtroom reporters learn aloud a transcript of components of her testimony after jurors requested to rehear it.
Weinstein, 67, is charged with first-degree legal sexual act, two counts of rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault. The costs are based mostly on Haley’s testimony that Weinstein compelled oral intercourse on her in 2006 and Mann’s testimony that he raped her in 2013 throughout what she described as an abusive relationship.
Among the fees are structured as both/or counts, so Weinstein can solely be convicted of two fees at most — one based mostly on Mann’s allegations and one based mostly on Haley’s.
4 different ladies, together with “Sopranos” actress Sciorra, additionally testified that Weinstein sexually attacked them as prosecutors sought to point out that he used his energy within the film trade to prey on younger, inexperienced ladies.
Sciorra’s testimony that he raped her within the winter of 1993-1994 is outdoors of the statute of limitations, however it may be used to help the predatory sexual assault fees, which requires severe intercourse crimes in opposition to not less than two victims.
Nonetheless, Weinstein’s protection attorneys argued that the sexual encounters have been consensual. As proof, they identified that each Haley and Mann had intercourse with Weinstein after the alleged assaults, they usually continued to have pleasant contact with him for years afterward. He has additionally denied allegations of non-consensual sexual exercise associated to the opposite ladies.
The ladies’s testimonies highlighted thorny questions round consent and energy dynamics on the coronary heart of the #MeToo motion — questions which have hardly ever, if ever, been examined in a courtroom.
As soon as an acclaimed producer of films akin to “Shakespeare in Love” and “Pulp Fiction,” Weinstein was accused by a number of ladies of a variety of sexual misconduct in tales printed in October 2017 in The New York Occasions and The New Yorker. A wave of comparable claims in opposition to different influential males for allegedly abusing their energy ensued in what’s now referred to as the #MeToo motion.
Weinstein additionally faces fees of sexual assault and rape in separate incidents in Los Angeles.