An alleged sex trafficker accused of abusing women is asking a Chicago judge to delay his trial because he feels the uproar over the #MeToo movement won’t allow him to have a fair shot.
An attorney for alleged sex trafficker Benjamin Biancofiori asked a court to put the trial on hold because the chance of finding an impartial jury is slim due to the recent backlash from the #MeToo movement, Time reports.
“In view of the extraordinary attention to and enflamed (sic) societal passion on the subject of male sexual misconduct, Mr. Biancofiori cannot hope to select a jury that is untainted by the veritable flood of reporting on the subject,” Biancofiori’s attorney, Andrea Gambino, wrote in her recent motion.
Gambino asked for more time to be able to write a list of questions that would allow her to weed out those who might be a part of the movement against sexual harassment, or those who have had personal experiences with it.
Gabmino’s client, Biancofiori, faces charges for allegedly beating women, forcing them into a life of prostitution, and giving death threats to make the women submit to him. Currently, Biancofiori is in jail without bond.
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