NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Jury deliberations entered their second day Wednesday in Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial in Manhattan.

This morning, the jurors – seven men and five women – asked the judge to re-read the legal definitions and charges and for emails from Weinstein relating to one accuser.

The 67-year-old is charged with forcing a sex act on production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006 and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN TRIAL

Four other accusers, including “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra, testified against the disgraced Hollywood mogul during his month-long trial.

For a second day the defense argued for the dismissal of juror #11, claiming Tuesday’s questioning of her was insufficient.

They allege she’s posted reviews online about books regarding consent and older predatory men.

The prosecution says she’s reading a book on child abuse and, under questioning, the juror said she did not post a review about it.

“She hasn’t done anything wrong,” the judge said.

The jury also requested to hear legal definitions of the charges again and readback of Mimi Haley’s testimony.

They also wanted to see emails between Haley and Weinstein.

Attorney Gloria Allred represents Haley.

“I hope they were able to listen carefully, which they appeared to be doing,” said Allred. “Some were taking notes. And they could reach the right and just conclusion based on what they heard.”

Late in the afternoon the jury also requested a read-back of testimony from Rosie Perez who took the stand to back up actress Annabella Sciorra’s accusation.

They also asked for all written communications regarding Sciorra: A forensic psychiatrist’s PowerPoint presentation, phone records between former Sciorra friend Paul Feldsher and Harvey Weinstein and any communications with the intelligence firm Black Cube.

In a bizarre standoff, the windows in the courtroom were all open for most of the morning despite protests from attorneys and requests from others in the cold courtroom.

Weinstein attorney Donna Rotunno asked to close the windows and the judge said no, prompting her to say, “Can you do one thing for us?”

The judge laughed it off as many sat shivering in coats and scarves. Eventually, the jury requested the windows shut, which prompted laughter from the courtroom and some windows were finally closed.

Weinstein faces five counts: Predatory sexual assault (two counts), criminal sexual act, rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

Although Sciorra’s rape claim from the early 1990s is beyond the statute of limitations, it’s included in the predatory sex assault charges to portray a pattern of behavior.

Weinstein pleaded not guilty and says all sexual activity was consensual.

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