A state appeals courtroom Tuesday denied Harvey Weinstein’s 11th-hour bid to move his trial out of Manhattan.
The choice from the Appellate Division First Division got here simply half a day earlier than opening statements had been slated to start Wednesday morning within the disgraced producer’s rape trial.
Weinstein lawyer Arthur Aidala filed an emergency movement on Thursday asking for the change of venue, arguing that the summoning of Gigi Hadid as a potential juror had triggered unfavourable publicity and created a “carnival-like environment.”
“Ms. Hadid attracts her personal press and her presence additionally will increase the variety of spectators and protesters outdoors of the courthouse,” Aidala wrote within the submitting.
The movement additionally argued that greater than 75 p.c of jurors who had been summoned within the case stated they couldn’t be honest and neutral.
The appeals courtroom shot down an analogous request to move the trial final August.
Weinstein is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of rape and one depend of felony sexual act stemming from the allegations of three girls.
Lead protection legal professional Donna Rotunno declined to remark.