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Media outlets sought an emergency halt to the hearing but were turned down by an appeals justice. in New York, the hearing was over and reporters were waiting to learn what had happened, if anything, and if the lawyers were going to tell them. One thing was known, according to AP: The judge moved the trial date from June 3 to Sept.
9 and scheduled it to last a month plus two weeks for jury selection.
"The time frame now allows his entire team to skillfully prepare for a fact-filled and strong defense."Weinstein's lead defense attorney, celebrity lawyer Jose Baez, told reporters he is happy about the trial delay. Weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.Defense lawyers say news coverage of the accusers' allegations now could taint the future jury pool, even if the accusers' testimony is not admitted.Baez has already indicated he will be aggressive in challenging any woman who accuses Weinstein.Adam Citron, a former New York prosecutor-turned-defense attorney, said the ruling will help protect a trial verdict from possibly being overturned on appeal.Given the media attention to the case, a public hearing would expose potential jurors to testimony that might not be admitted at trial."In the event that the (judge rules) that certain testimony and/or witnesses are not permitted because the prejudicial effect outweighs the probative value, and the public and ultimate jury pool heard this testimony, that would open the door for a mistrial and/or appeal," Citron told USA TODAY.
Years later, she said, he asked her personal questions about her love life before inviting her up to his hotel room.