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Weinstein jury suggests hung on predatory sexual assault counts

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REUTERS: Jurors weighing rape and sexual assault charges against Harvey Weinstein continued deliberating on Friday (Feb 21) after asking the judge presiding over the case whether they could be hung on two counts of predatory sexual assault.

Conviction on those counts could put the former movie producer behind bars for life.

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The jury asked Justice James Burke if they could be unanimous on the other three counts, which include first degree rape and criminal sexual assault and could carry a prison term of up to 25 years.

Burke told the jurors it is not uncommon for juries to have difficulty reaching a unanimous verdict, but that most are eventually able to do so.

"Please resume your deliberations," he said.

The jury is expected to end their discussions at 3 pm ET (2000 GMT) and resume deliberating on Monday.

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Weinstein, 67, had been charged with raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, and sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi.

Anna Sciorra, best known for her role in HBO's "The Sopranos," testified that Weinstein came to her New York apartment one winter night in 1993 or 1994, raped her and then forced oral sex on her.Read More – Source

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