Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty of Rape and Sexual Assault

Harvey Weinstein arrives to New York State Supreme Court at his sexual assault trial in New York on Feb 24 2020

Harvey Weinstein arrives to New York State Supreme Court at his sexual assault trial in New York on Feb 24 2020

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty on rape and sexual assault charges.

Among other men taken down by the #MeToo movement since the scandal broke: news anchors Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, actor Kevin Spacey and Sen. He is out on bail and has pleaded not guilty in NY to six counts reportedly committed against three women.

Trump last week pardoned 11 mostly white-collar criminals and corrupt politicians last week who all had a common denominator- friendship, fame, money, personal empathy and a shared sense of persecution, according to The New York Times. We couldn't find a juror that had never heard of Harvey Weinstein. This relates to another woman the Guardian has not named - because it is unclear if she is happy to be identified - in a NY hotel in 2013. Mann, 34, a former actress, model and hairstylist, claimed Weinstein raped her on March 18, 2013, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, resulting in the two counts of rape; the jury can convict on only one of those counts.

"Today's outcome in Harvey Weinstein's NY trial is the result of the decisions of multiple women to come forward to journalists and to prosecutors at great personal cost and risk". He had denied the accusations and said any sexual encounters were consensual.

"While it is disappointing that today's outcome does not deliver the true, full justice that so many women deserve, Harvey Weinstein will now forever be known as a convicted serial predator", the Silence Breakers, a group of Weinstein accusers, said in a statement.

As we previously reported, the movie producer's career effectively ended with the rise of the #MeToo movement in 2017 when DOZENS of women came forward with their horrifying stories and experiences with Weinstein.

Weinstein's defense tried to exclude her from the jury at the outset of the case, arguing she was not forthcoming about the subject of her book when she was questioned by lawyers.

This jury, with this verdict - imperfect though it may be, finding Weinstein not guilty on two counts of predatory sexual assault - has shattered the notion that there is a ideal rape victim.

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The guilty verdict in the charge of first-degree criminal sexual act could mean five to 25 years behind bars, while the guilty verdict in the third-degree rape charge means an additional year and a half to four years. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), all said they would donate contributions they received from Weinstein over the years to charitable causes.

Weinstein's lead lawyer Donna Rotunno told reporters he will appeal his convictions on charges of sexual assault and rape.

For the jury to convict Weinstein of that they would have had to believe either Ms Mann or Ms Haleyi plus Ms Sciorra.

When Harvey's trial opened in NY on January 6, he was also charged in Los Angeles with the alleged sexual assault of two women in 2013.

He referred to them as "eight women who have changed the course of history in the fight against sexual violence".

Legal experts said the women provided powerful evidence that was hard for the defense to overcome.

During cross-examination of Haleyi, for example, the defense showed her a message she sent Weinstein signed "lots of love" after her alleged attack. His lawyers say Weinstein had an unsuccessful back surgery recently.

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