Weinstein demands rape trial is moved out of New York City

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers have demanded his rape trial is moved out of New York City after claiming his case has turned into a “media and entertainment circus”.

The former movie mogul’s legal team say a “carnival-like atmosphere” has taken hold during eight days of jury selection in his case, making it impossible for Weinstein to get a fair trial in his hometown.

Their submission to Manhattan’s appellate court came hours after supermodel Gigi Hadid was cut from the list of potential jurors in Weinstein’s trial.

The 67-year-old is charged with raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting another woman in 2006.

He has pleaded not guilty and has insisted any sexual activity was consensual. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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