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Harvey Weinstein appeals for rape

Harvey Weinstein enters the courthouse on July 11, 2019 in New York City.

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Film producer Harvey Weinstein's lawyers appealed his conviction of rape and another sex crime on Monday.

69-year-old Weinstein was convicted after a trial in the Manhattan Supreme Court in February 2020.

He is serving a 23-year prison sentence on the case, brought on trial two years after the #MeToo movement exploded, which continues to derail the careers of other high-profile men.

In a lawsuit, his attorneys set seven grounds for overturning the conviction of the producer of such films as "Pulp Fiction", "Shakespeare in Love" and "Gangs of New York".

These include allegations that Weinstein was denied the right to be tried by an impartial jury when the trial judge denied his challenge to banning a potential juror who wrote an autobiographical book on "The Predators of Older Men Against Younger Women." and had lied about the substance of the book in the "selection of the jury.

Lawyers also argued that Weinstein was denied his right to a fair trial because defense experts were prohibited from testifying on certain matters and that he was given "a punishment that was harsh and excessive".

The complaint is filed with the Appeals Department of the Manhattan Supreme Court.

"We filed a 166-page brief listing some serious errors that were made during the process," Weinstein's appellate attorney Barry Kamins said in a statement to CNBC.

"We are confident that the Appeals Department will take these issues seriously enough to have the conviction overturned," said Kamins.

The jury sentenced Weinstein to a first-degree criminal sexual act in 2006 by forcibly performing oral sex with production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006. He was also found guilty of third degree rape for assaulting aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013.

– CNBCs Kevin Breuninger contributed to this article.

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