The jury in Harvey Weinstein’s rape demo sent a observe to the judge on Friday afternoon suggesting that it was deadlocked on the most major costs in the indictment, but that it may well have attained a verdict on three other counts.
In their note, on the fourth working day of deliberations, the jurors asked if they could return a unanimous verdict on two rates of rape and a person rely of felony sexual act, but continue being split on two expenses of predatory sexual assault, which carry a probable existence sentence.
“We the jury request to understand if we can be hung on 1 and/or 3 but unanimous on the others,” read the notice, which was entered through the lunch split.
Justice James M. Burke of Condition Supreme Court in Manhattan instructed the jurors to keep on deliberating, but minutes later on, at 3 p.m., he adjourned the proceedings and despatched the jurors house for the weekend due to the fact just one of the protection lawyers experienced a funeral to go to. Deliberations resume on Monday.
The jury did not say what it had determined on the lesser counts. The predatory sexual assault count necessitates prosecutors to demonstrate that Mr. Weinstein committed a critical sexual felony versus at least two individuals.
The scenario against Mr. Weinstein, 67, was created principally on the accusations brought by two girls: Miriam Haley, 42, a previous generation assistant who testified that Mr. Weinstein pressured oral sexual intercourse on her in 2006 and Jessica Mann, 34, an actress who said Mr. Weinstein raped her in a Midtown Manhattan hotel place in 2013.
In weighing the predatory sexual assault charges, the jury was also questioned to look at testimony supplied by the actress Annabella Sciorra, who claimed Mr. Weinstein raped her in the early 1990s. Prosecutors were barred by New York State’s statute of restrictions from bringing prices in the incident involving Ms. Sciorra, 59, who was the prosecution’s strongest witness.
The jury’s be aware instructed that just one or some jurors did not think Ms. Sciorra. In preceding notes, jurors have asked to evaluation testimony provided by equally Ms. Sciorra and Ms. Haley, as nicely as to overview communications and email messages similar to the two ladies.
Mr. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty and claims all his sexual encounters with his accusers had been consensual.
Michael Gold contributed reporting.