I am confused about what the following line in this article means:
His accusers from a separate civil case asked a judge to block the release of the material over confidentiality concerns. They allege Weinstein’s lawyers told them he “intended to unleash these emails in the media to sway the court of public opinion”.
What does the last sentence mean, particularly
to sway the court of public opinion? Does
court of public opinion mean civil court?
Does the last sentence mean that Weinstein's lawyers told the accusers that Weinstein will release the emails in the media so that the civil court makes a favorable decision about him?