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Harvey Weinstein jury indicates it is split on most serious counts

The judge told the Harvey Weinstein jury of seven men and five women to keep working toward a unanimous verdict on all charges.
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Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse during his rape trial, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The jury deliberating in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial indicated Friday that it is deadlocked on the most serious charges. 

In a note sent to the judge during their lunch break, jurors posed a question asking if it were permissible for them to be hung on two counts of predatory sexual assault while reaching a unanimous verdict on other charges. 

The jury, in its fourth day of deliberations, had been particularly focused on the key aspect of both predatory sexual assault counts: “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra’s allegations that Weinstein raped and forcibly performed oral sex on her in the mid-1990s.

After consulting with prosecutors and Weinstein's lawyers, Judge James Burke told the jury of seven men and five women to keep working toward a unanimous verdict on all charges. 

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Weinstein's lawyers said they would accept a partial verdict, but prosecutors said no and Burke refused to do so.

Jury deliberations are set to resume Monday morning.