Jurors deliberating in Harvey Weinstein's trial in New York City appear to be deadlocked on the two most serious charges against the former movie mogul.
During Friday's lunch break, the jury asked Judge James Burke if they could be hung on the two charges of predatory sexual assault, but unanimous on remaining three charges. Weinstein is also accused of criminal sexual act in the first degree, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree.
While the defence team indicated it would accept a partial verdict, prosecutors said they would not.
Burke instructed the jury — comprising seven men and five women — to continue deliberations for a unanimous verdict on all charges.
Friday marked the fourth day of deliberations. The day ended early, at 3 p.m. ET, per a note from Burke the previous day.
"Don't do anything that would put your health in jeopardy," Burke told jurors as he discharged them for the weekend, adding that all 12 are required for a verdict.
Deliberations are slated to continue Monday morning.
Weinstein, 67, is on trial for the alleged rape of former actress Jessica Mann, now 34, in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013. He is also accused of forcibly performing oral sex in 2006 on former production assistant Miriam Haley, now 42, after getting her a job on the reality fashion series Project Runway.
Weinstein has denied the allegations, saying the sexual encounters were consensual.
Questions about Sciorra
Thus far, questions from the jury during the deliberation period have focused on Annabella Sciorra. The former The Sopranos actress was the first accuser to testify in the trial, alleging that Weinstein had raped her in the mid-1990s.
Though the date of the alleged rape puts it beyond the statute of limitations, prosecutors are using her allegation to support the two charges of predatory sexual assault — meaning the defendant committed a prior rape or other sex crime.
To convict on the first predatory sexual assault charge, the jury must find that Weinstein raped Sciorra and assaulted Haley. To convict on the second, the jury must find that Weinstein raped Sciorra and raped Mann.
Predatory sexual assault carries a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a maximum sentence or 25 years to life.