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Because Weinstein’s jury decided to condemn: Inside the Deliberations

However, a second juror claimed that the similarities between the attacks gave credibility to women’s accounts. “Every act happened the same way,” said the juror. “Every person said the same thing.”

Two jurors thought that the decision of Mr. Weinstein not to testify or not to let his brother or close associates hurt his case. The only friend who testified, Paul Feldsher, didn’t help the defense, they said.

Mr. Feldsher, a writer and former talent agent, said Weinstein was a “drug addict” whose appetite for women was “to put it mildly voracious”.

“He threw him under the bus,” said the second juror. “This didn’t help his case at all.”

Although jurors said they were aware of the importance of the trial for the #MeToo movement, they said they focused on the evidence. The deliberations went on for 26 hours, physically and emotionally exhausting them, they said.

On the third day, the jury table was full of snacks: a box of Dunkin donuts, takeaway coffee boxes, acid baby patches, chocolates. Every day, the jurors, unable to go out for lunch during the deliberations, ordered from the same gastronomy. They took short breaks to venture out, smoke or simply to get some fresh air.

They drew timelines on a second blackboard. A large block for writing notes has been introduced. They scribbled a partial verdict, then tore it up, worried that it might leak.

On the first day, the jurors established a system. First, they tried to understand the legal definition of each accusation. Within the first hour, they asked the judge for an explanation of the law and definitions of several terms, including consent and forced compulsion.

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