NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein will face the challenge of defending himself in his rape trial as he tries to undermine his accusers’ credibility without appearing callous to jurors, according to several legal experts.
Still, if Weinstein’s defense team can persuade the jury that the accusers engaged in consensual sexual activity to gain an edge in the entertainment industry, that could result in an acquittal or hung jury, other experts said. All 12 jurors must agree in order for prosecutors to secure a conviction.
Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women in New York, and faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault.
Weinstein has said that any sexual encounters he has had have been consensual.
Donna Rotunno, Weinstein’s lead lawyer, told Reuters last month that his defense team had “a slew of witnesses ready to go,” and that they would offer emails showing that his…
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