A stunned Harvey Weinstein reacted with shock to the two guilty verdicts handed down Monday by a Manhattan jury in his blockbuster #MeToo trial.
One of his high-powered lawyers said the disgraced former movie mogul believes all his sexual relations with women in the past were consensual and that it’s not in Weinstein’s “makeup” to force himself on anyone.
“All he kept saying was, ‘I’m innocent, I’m innocent,'” said defense attorney Arthur Aidala.
"I was sitting right next to him. He said, ‘I’m innocent, I didn’t rape anyone.’”
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Weinstein’s team is already planning to appeal the jury’s guilty verdicts of rape in the third degree and a first degree criminal sex act.
The jury believed the testimony from Jessica Mann, who said the Oscar-winning producer raped her in 2013, and that of Miriam Haley, who said Weinstein performed forcible oral sex on her in 2006.
The jury did not convict Weinstein on the top count of predatory criminal sexual assault, which could have landed him behind bars for life.
His attorney said the decision not to convict on the top charge will be part of the defense team’s request to get him released on bail pending appeal.
“The fact that he did not get convicted of the top counts allows us to go into an appellate court tomorrow or the next day to ask for bail pending appeal,” Aidala said.
“The evidence here was just not that strong, and the jury told you that."