Harvey Weinstein granted appeal after ‘juror lied about sexual predator book’

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Harvey Weinstein, 70, has been granted an appeal after two years since he was convicted of third-degree rape and sex crimes.

The appeal was granted by the New York State Court of Appeals on Wednesday (August 23) and could mean his 2020 rape conviction could be vacated or modified.

The 70-year-old was found guilty in 2020 of rape and sentenced to 23 years.

A court source told NBC News that Wednesday's ruling means that oral arguments will be heard next year before the entire court.

Harvey's attorney, Artur Aidala told Page Six: "Harvey lives to fight another day."

“We are hopeful the entire court will find that Mr. Weinstein did not receive a fair trial and reverse his conviction.”

Artur raised another issue was that "there was one juror who has written a book about sexual predators that she lied about during jury selection."

Harvey's attorney added: "This isn't about whether [Weinstein] is innocent or guilty, but if he got a fair trial or not a fair trial."

"It's about whether the trial judge followed the law.

'We would hope we would get a decision in late spring, early summer of 2023."

Harvey has spent the majority of the last two years in prison, but is currently in a Los Angeles jail awaiting trial next month.

He was convicted in February 2020 on two charges of committing a criminal sexual act in the first-degree and third-degree rape and was sentenced to a New York State prison.

More than 80 women accused the Oscar-winning producer of sexual assault and harassment.

In Los Angeles, he was charged with 11 counts of rape and sexual assault last year.

The convicted sex offender pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime as he insisted that his relations with the women were consensual.

It comes after one of the jurors in the Weinstein case wrote a book about "predatory older men" and was still allowed to serve despite repeated attempts to have her removed over the novel.

Juror Amanda Brainerd, who was one of the five women and seven men who served on Weinstein's trial, wrote Age of Consent, which explored similar themes to that in the trial.

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