An attorney on shamed Hollywood exec Harvey Weinstein's defense team has penned a letter to the jury, urging them to "ignore the headlines" surrounding his many alleged sexual assault and rape allegations.

"In a high-profile case like Harvey Weinstein's, does anyone think that's realistically possible?" she wrote in an open letter published to Newsweek.

"Mr. Weinstein's jurors have an obligation to themselves and their country, to base their verdict solely on the facts, testimony and evidence presented to them in the courtroom. I expect a fair and impartial jury for Mr. Weinstein and every other American," she wrote.

"I implore the members of this jury to do what they know is right and was expected of them from the moment they were called upon to serve their civic duty in a court of law. The facts are the facts. Harvey Weinstein is innocent. His fate hangs in the balance, and the world is watching."

Jurors on Weinstein's New York City rape trial are set to start deliberating today. Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another woman, TV, and film production assistant Mimi Haleyi back in 2006.