Weinstein lawyer worries about bad pre-trial publicity
NEW YORK (AP) - Lawyers for Harvey Weinstein have met behind closed doors with prosecutors and a New York judge over defense concerns about the rape case against the former film producer.
Attorney Benjamin Brafman said afterward that he was limited in what he could say about the 90-minute session Tuesday in Judge James Burke's chambers because a transcript of it was sealed. But he said he'd told the judge he was worried about the impact on potential jurors of the wave of bad publicity about his client following his arrest last week.
Weinstein faces rape and criminal sex act charges. The once-powerful Hollywood figure has consistently denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.
Until the scandal, Weinstein was best known for such hit films as "Pulp Fiction," ''Shakespeare in Love" and "The King's Speech."
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