Seven jurors picked for Harvey Weinstein’s sex assault trial

Seven jurors were picked Thursday for Harvey Weinstein’s sex assault trial.

Three black women, one black man and three white men were selected from a pool of approximately 140 pre-screened jurors.

During the questioning process, Justice James Burke reminded the panel that they are expected to decide the case on the evidence. “This trial is not a referendum on the Me Too movement,” he said, as Weinstein watched from the defense table.

“Again, the sole issue is for you to decide whether or not the defendant committed certain acts which constitute a particular crime.”

At 11:02 a.m., Weinstein’s ankle monitor chirped eliciting confused expressions from potential jurors.

Assistant DA Joan Illuzzi-Orbon appeared concerned that Weinstein’s frail state and use of a walker might garner sympathy with certain jurors.

“Is there anything about the way Harvey Weinstein looks in court that negates in your mind that he could be violent, [be] a rapist?” she asked.

One man said he felt that way.

At one point, defense lawyer Donna Rotunno asked the prospective panelist seated in the box if anyone had “heard anything positive about Mr. Weinstein?” — eliciting an awkward pause.

“Let the record reflect that no hands have been raised,” Rotunno stated.

“That’s not true. There have been many positive things said about him,” one man finally piped in.

Another prospective male juror added, “He’s a successful movie producer.”

It was the eighth day of jury selection, and five more jurors and six alternates are still needed to complete the panel.

Meanwhile, an appeals court said it would consider an 11th-hour motion filed by the defense Thursday morning asking for a change of venue but would not halt the trial. The court said it would issue it’s ruling before the jury is sworn in.

Weinstein is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of rape and one count of criminal sex act stemming from the allegations of three women.
Opening statements are slated for Jan. 22.

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