Gloria Allred, high-wattage attorney and women’s rights activist, represented three victims in Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles rape trial, two of whom eventually testified against the disgraced producer.
In an interview with Dr diversity After the verdict, Allred said she was “upset” that none of her clients would be allowed to speak about Weinstein’s sentencing.
Judge Lisa B. Lench said he would only allow one victim to address the court: Jane Doe #1, the only one whose charges resulted in a conviction.
Allred said his clients “went through a difficult, challenging and brutal interrogation and they did it for justice. They should have the opportunity to give a victim impact statement at sentencing, even though he was not convicted of any charges.” He added, “Why can’t they speak in court?”
Allred said she will push for new legislation to give all victims who have been charged the right to be heard during sentencing — even if the charges are not a conviction.
“I see the need for a change in the law for the victims who come out of this trial,” he said.
Weinstein was convicted Monday of raping and sexually assaulting Jane Doe #1. But he was acquitted of charges related to Jane Doe #3, and the jury was hung on Jane Doe #2 and Jane Doe #4.
Prosecutors asked Lynch to allow victim statements from eight women who testified in the trial and all the accusers who were not involved in the trial, but who have publicly accused him. The judge rejected that plea.
Weinstein’s attorney, Mark Werksman, said in court that “we object vociferously to any alleged victimization of any of them.”
After brief consideration, Lench said, “I’m not going to make this an open forum for all the allegations that were presented in this trial.”
“It really bothered me,” Allred said diversity.
Allred represented Jane Doe #2, Lauren Young, in addition to a “prior bad deed” witness, Natasia M. He also represented another woman, who would have been Jane Doe #5, but ultimately did not testify. His charges were dropped midway through the trial.
Allred declined to comment on why Jane Doe #5 was not called by the prosecution, but said diversity that he wants to “speak at sentencing and give a victim impact statement.”
Victims do not have the right to speak unless convicted. Allred believes that allowing more women to make victim impact statements is more likely than biased and will help “lead to the truth”.
“I think it needs to be made a matter of right – not just a matter of court discretion [and] The judge will decide whether they are allowed to speak,” Allred said. “I want to see it as a right, and we have to go to the California legislature for that,” he added. “My understanding of this is that there will be many who will want to testify who have been denied that opportunity to give their victim impact statements. It calls for a really important change in the law.”
“I’m now going to start advocating that any other person for whom a criminal charge is filed should be allowed to speak at any sentencing hearing from the same criminal charge against the same defendant and give a victim impact statement, even if there isn’t one. Belief.”
Allred said his three clients were “heartbroken” when they learned of the judge’s ruling.
“I would say it’s extremely upsetting for my clients right now … that they’ve been denied the opportunity to have their voices heard at sentencing,” Allred said. “It’s very important to them emotionally, and I think it should be relevant and put on the record. They should not be silenced.”
Watch Gloria Allred’s full interview above.