Court TV to Present Comprehensive Coverage of Harvey Weinstein Rape Trial

July 30, 2019

LOS ANGELES (JULY 27, 2019) – Court TV will be the only news organization covering the rape trial of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein live as it happens and gavel-to-gavel when it begins in September.

Court TV will be stationed adjacent to the New York City courthouse for the duration of the trial, with live reporting from inside and outside the courtroom. Court TV anchors will host the coverage, both live on-location in Manhattan and from the network’s studios in Atlanta. Court TV reporters will take turns rotating in-and-out of the courtroom to provide constant live trial updates throughout the day. Courtroom sketches, exclusive interviews with players in the case and in-depth analysis by the country’s brightest attorneys, most experienced investigators and experts will provide legal insights into the proceedings.

Court TV helped lead the charge for media access in the courtroom for the Weinstein trial, which was denied.

Weinstein is up on five counts of rape and sexual assault charges.

The Court TV anchor team is comprised of seasoned journalists and lawyers who have successfully blended television and legal careers. Lead anchor Vinnie Politan is an EMMY® Award-winning legal journalist who was a popular face on the original Court TV. Yodit Tewolde, Julie Grant and Seema Iyer also helm the Court TV anchor desk. Court TV’s news team of accomplished legal correspondents and reporters includes Chanley Painter, Ted Rowlands and Julia Jenaé.

Overseeing Court TV’s coverage of the Weinstein trial will be network vice presidents and managing editors John Alleva and Scott Tufts. The two have a combined 40 years of experience producing trials for Court TV and CNN. Alleva was the lead producer for Court TV for more than 15 years and managed editorial content and field operations. Tufts spearheaded CNN’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony, Jodi Arias and George Zimmerman trials. 

Other trials Court TV plans to cover this fall include:

  • The murder trial of Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, charged with killing her neighbor Botham Jean. Guyger claims to have entered Jean’s apartment by accident, and believed she was in her own apartment confronting an intruder.
  • California v. Kellen Winslow II, the retrial of the former NFL Player who was found guilty of rape in San Diego, California.
  • The trial of a teen accused of stabbing a romantic rival to death in a Detroit suburb high school. Tanaya Lewis, age 17, heads to court on a first-degree murder charge, accused of fatally stabbing 16-year-old Danyna Gibson at Warren Fitzgerald High School in Warren, Michigan in an alleged dispute over a boy.
  • The 40-year old cold case against Jerry Lynn Burns, 64, accused of first-degree murder for the brutal 1979 slaying of a teenager in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 18-year-old high school senior Michelle Martinko was stabbed to death inside her car in the parking lot of a shopping mall. No one was arrested for the crime until 2017, when investigators used the killer’s DNA found at the crime scene and built a portrait of the wanted man. Police then used a genealogy database to trace relatives of the suspect, which ultimately led them to Burns.

About Court TV

For nearly two decades through 2008, Court TV brought high-profile courtroom dramas into American living rooms. Continuing that legacy, the new Court TV runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available to be seen on cable, over-the-air and over-the-top. Court TV is also live streamed on as well as the Court TV app for Roku®, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android and Apple devices.All feature robust and exclusive content from the massive Court TV library, including the nation’s most compelling, high-profile cases over the past 20 years available on demand. Court TV is part of Katz Networks, a division of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).