Judge says letting public in would ‘result in a violation of both the defendant’s right to an impartial jury panel and his right to a fair trial’

A judge barred the public and the press from the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s New York court appearance on Friday, after both prosecutors and defense lawyers asked for the hearing to be held in secret.

Judge James Burke ejected reporters and spectators from the courtroom in Manhattan as prosecutors argued that more accusers should be allowed to testify in Weinstein’s upcoming sexual assault trial.

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