Harvey Weinstein and his lawyers met with prosecutors behind closed doors for an hour
NEW YORK —
Harvey Weinstein and his lawyers met with prosecutors behind closed doors for one hour on Wednesday morning as they worked to minimize the yeast of potential jurors based on their responses to a screening questionnaire.
Jurors were asked, among other things, whether they could ignore the media coverage and determine the case based on evidence heard in court. They were also asked whether they or someone they knew was a victim of sexual violence.
The defendant and the prosecution began passing the questionnaires on Tuesday and by the time the court resumed on Wednesday, the Court, James Burke, had a "long way forward".
Burke and the lawyers did not reveal how many people could be a jury. The second round of questioning to complete the jury panel is due to start on Thursday.
The jury is chosen in the seventh day.
Weinstein, 67, is accused of raping a woman in Manhattan's hotel room in 2013 and attacking another in 2006.
The former studio leader behind Oscar winners has said “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love” that any sexual activity was consensual.
Both sides hope to deliver open statements before the end of the month. The trial is expected to last until March.
If convicted, Weinstein may face life in prison.
Los Angeles prosecutors recently announced new charges in a particular case against Weinstein.
These charges are of concern to Weinstein that they will fight one woman and sexually assault another woman on back-back nights in 2013. He did not plead in that case, which will be tried later.
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