Protection attorneys within the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein failed of their try and get hold of a gag order in opposition to legal professional and victims rights advocate Gloria Allred at the moment, prompting Allred to inform Deadline, “Harvey Weinstein isn’t going to silence me.”
Allred isn’t instantly concerned on this prison trial, however has been within the courtroom each day. She represents accusers Miriam Haley, Annabella Sciorra and Lauren Marie Younger exterior this prison case.
“Harvey Weinstein has clearly made efforts to silence a few of my purchasers,” Allred informed Deadline after the courtroom was cleared for a lunch break at the moment. “He’s not going to silence me.”
Protection legal professional Damon Cheronis recommended earlier Wednesday that Allred is, in impact, a de facto spokeswoman for prosecutors, and that the choose’s earlier admonition to the protection and prosecution in opposition to speaking to the press ought to apply to Allred.
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“Effectively, I want I had that form of authority,” responded New York Supreme Court docket Choose James Burke, dismissing the request earlier than breaking for lunch. “See you at 2:15.”
Along with being a front-row presence on the trial, Allred yesterday held a press convention exterior the Decrease Manhattan courthouse after the day’s proceedings. Cheronis stated that Allred’s accusations of “sufferer shaming” by the protection is “an try and affect the jury.”
Within the interview with Deadline, Allred didn’t disavow the “sufferer shaming” cost. “In my view that’s what they did,” she stated concerning the protection’s cross-examination of her purchasers. “I’m going to name it as I see it – that’s their downside, not mine.”
Yesterday, Burke ordered protection legal professional Donna Rotunno to cease talking to the press till after a verdict is reached. Rotunno had just lately penned an op-ed column for Newsweek as a plea to jurors to “do what they know is true” and discover Weinstein not responsible. Rotunno had beforehand recorded an interview with a New York Occasions podcast during which she stated she had by no means been sexually assaulted as a result of she by no means put herself “within the place.”
Cheronis, in making his plea for an Allred gag order (after the jury had left the room), conceded that whereas prosecutors haven’t “stated something” to the press, “they don’t need to” since Allred is, in essence, serving because the D.A.’s pipeline to reporters.
This isn’t the primary swipe at Allred taken by protection legal professionals. Earlier, Rotunno stated the activist legal professional sees “a pot of gold” on the finish of this trial.