When the jury is dismissed every day in Harvey Weinstein’s trial, earlier than they exit the courtroom, the choose reminds the jurors to not eat any media or learn any information studies surrounding the high-profile case.
On Friday, Decide Lisa B. Lench added one additional reminder to her parting phrases, instructing the jury to not watch the trailer for “She Mentioned,” Common’s upcoming movie in regards to the journalists who broke the story that ignited Weinstein’s downfall and the #MeToo motion.
“She Mentioned,” which hits theaters on Nov. 18, relies on the e book by New York Occasions reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, about their bombshell investigation into Weinstein’s alleged sample of sexual harassment and assault. Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan play the 2 journalists within the film that’s getting robust critiques and even early Oscars buzz.
This isn’t the primary time “She Mentioned” has come up in Weinstein’s case. Earlier than the trial started, Weinstein’s attorneys tried to delay the trial to keep away from the publicity surrounding the movie. His lawyer Mark Werksman argued that jurors are more likely to see billboards, social media and different press for the movie, which might “dramatically prejudice the flexibility to get a good trial.” In August, Decide Lench denied the protection’s request to postpone the trial, stating, “We’ll simply should cope with it.”
This week, Selection spoke with the New York Occasions journalists, whose e book and reporting impressed “She Mentioned.” When requested about Weinstein’s present trial, Kantor stated, “As reporters, we will by no means inform what the decision might be. However a part of why we’re so appreciative of this movie is that it takes us again to the start…that’s why we wrote our e book, as a result of we felt that the story belonged to all people…And so whatever the consequence of this trial, we do really feel that a minimum of journalistically, Weinstein has been held accountable and we’re so grateful to Carey [Mulligan] and to all people who labored on the movie, as a result of we really feel such as you’re serving to others — and us — keep in mind what actually occurred.”
After the 2017 bombshell investigations about Weinstein, greater than 100 ladies accused him of sexual harassment or assault. In 2020, he was convicted of rape and sexual assault in his New York felony trial for which he’s at present serving a 23-year sentence. Earlier this 12 months, the New York Courtroom of Appeals agreed to listen to his attraction on that conviction. In Los Angeles, he’s dealing with 11 counts of rape and sexual assault, and as much as 140 years behind bars — ought to he be convicted, this trial will successfully assure that he by no means goes free.
Harvey Weinstein Decide Tells Jury To not Watch ‘She Mentioned’ Trailer