A former Harvey Weinstein employee got tossed as a jury candidate in a high-profile murder case Tuesday after disclosing that he spoke to investigators about his ex-boss.
Alex Spatt was called in as a potential juror in the case against Roderick Covlin, on trial for the 2009 strangulation death of his estranged wife, but was among dozens of an original 112 who were excused after the morning session due to various conflicts.
Spatt, who worked in production development for the Weinstein Company, first noted he would have trouble serving on the two-month case because he’s starting a new gig, then gave up another possible prohibition.
“Just for the sake of disclosure, in a past job I had to deal with legal issues, including talking to the DA’s office,” Spatt said, speaking in a room packed with other possible panelists in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Justice Ruth Pickholz asked about his prior employment.
“I used to work for Harvey Weinstein,” Spatt said, piquing the interest of many in the crowded room.
Weinstein is facing charges for sexually assaulting two women in Manhattan and faces a minimum of 10 years behind bars on the top count — predatory sexual assault.
The Weinstein and Covlin cases are both being handled by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
It’s unclear if Spatt is a potential witness in Weinstein’s ongoing case, which is tentatively slated to head to trial in May.
Jury selection in the Covlin case began Monday. Hundreds in the pool have been pre-screened so far.
Three jurors were chosen Tuesday afternoon: A neo-natal nurse who lives in Midtown South and a New Orleans native who lives in Hell’s Kitchen and works for the Nederlander Theatre company — both women.
The third was an Upper West Side stock trader, a recent college graduate.