Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape

Harvey Weinstein

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Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of three charges of rape and sexual assault on Monday.

But the jury could not agree on three other charges, so they found him not guilty of one of them.

At his trial, a jury proved that Harvey Weinstein raped an Italian model named Jane Doe #1 at the Mr. C hotel in February 2013.

The jury didn’t find him guilty of sexually assaulting Jane Doe #3, who worked as a massage therapist. And they disagreed with what Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Lauren Young said about the charges. Instead, the jury found him guilty of sexual battery against Young by a vote of 10 to 2 and rape and forced oral copulation against Siebel Newsom by 8 to 4.

Judge Lisa B. Lench called a mistrial on the three charges where the jury couldn’t decide. District Attorney George Gascón said his office would decide later if it would try Weinstein again on those counts.

Harvey Weinstein was wearing a gray suit and sitting in the courtroom. He didn’t react much when the verdict was read. Many of his accusers’ lawyers were in the crowd, like Gloria Allred and Beth Fegan.

In a statement, Jane Doe #1 thanked the prosecution for “believing in me and fighting so hard for all of the victims, including me, at the trial.”

Weinstein was found guilty of rape, oral coitus, and penetration by a foreign object. For these crimes, he could spend up to 24 years in prison.

There is still work for the jury to do. They will have to go back to court on Tuesday morning to talk about “aggravating factors” that could make Weinstein stay in jail longer.

Weinstein’s lawyers wouldn’t say anything outside of court because the case is still going on. No sentencing date has been set.

After the jury found Weinstein not guilty of Count 5, sexually assaulting the massage therapist, they were asked to think about the lesser charge of the same crime. But instead, a jury that was split 10–2 found him guilty of the misdemeanor count. If he had been found guilty of the misdemeanor, the charge would have been dropped because the law says you only have a certain amount of time to do something.

Harvey Weinstein sat through ten days of trial

The jury started thinking about the case on December 2, and it took them about 10 days and 40 hours to decide.

The former Hollywood star was tried on seven charges: two counts of forcible rape, two counts of sexual battery by restraint, two counts of forced oral copulation, and one count of penetration by a foreign object.

Between 2005 and 2013, four women said that Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted them in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills hotel rooms. Weinstein could have gotten anywhere from 60 years to life in prison if he had been found guilty of all the charges.

Harvey Weinstein, who is 70 years old, is already serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault, which he was found guilty of in his first criminal trial in New York in 2020.

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, will hear the case next year.

Since July 2021, when he was brought there from New York, Weinstein has been in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. Because of his health problems, like diabetes, sleep apnea, heart problems, and eye problems, he has to use a wheelchair.

Siebel Newsom is married to California’s governor, Gavin Newsom. She said that Weinstein raped her in 2005 after she went to a meeting she thought was for business.

Gov. Newsom also said he is “very proud of my wife and all the brave women who came forward to tell their stories and give hope to many survivors who can’t.”

Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, the Italian model at the center of an NYPD sting operation against Harvey Weinstein in 2015, was one of the four “prior bad acts” witnesses the prosecution called to back up the charges.

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In their final arguments, the government called Weinstein a “predator” and asked the jury to end his “reign of terror.”

Because the producer was so powerful in the entertainment business, his defense team said, the accusers’ relationships with him were “transactional.” Alan Jackson, Weinstein’s defense attorney, said of the two men, “They played the game.” “They hate it now, and their testimony showed how much they hate it.”

Over 100 women have come forward in the past five years to say that Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed, attacked, or raped them.

In a statement, Gascón said that he was “disappointed” that the jury had different ideas about some counts. But he thanked the people who said he was guilty of coming forward and being questioned by the other side.

Harvey Weinstein is not the only famous person accused or convicted of sexual assault, rape, or penetrative sex in recent years. R. Kelly, who has won many awards, and the popular American actor Kevin Spacey are also well-known.

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