• Thomas Parker

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein convicted of sexual assault

Updated: Mar 1, 2020

On Monday, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, counts that will send the former Hollywood movie producer to prison for five to 25 years. Weinstein was found not guilty of two counts of predatory sexual assault and one count of rape in the first degree.

Weinstein, 67, was taken into custody without bail against the request of his attorneys. Weinstein attorney Donna Rotunno said in court on Monday that she was requesting "house arrest," citing letters from Weinstein's doctor. Weinstein used a walker during the trial.

Weinstein is scheduled to be sentenced by the judge on March 11.

Cy Vance, the district attorney of Manhattan, said at a press conference that this case "pulled our justice system into the 21st century."

The jurors had trouble reaching a decision, having deliberated for 16 hours going into Monday, which had followed several days of deliberation prior. 28 witnesses in total were called in the trial.

"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 people who have accused Weinstein of assaults, said in a statement Monday. "This conviction would not be possible without the testimony of the courageous women and the many women who have spoken out."

More than 80 women going back decades, including several famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein has denied the allegations and said any sexual encounters were consensual.

Weinstein is yet another scalp of the "#MeToo" movement, a rally against sexual assault and harassment. The movement has exposed and destroyed the careers of hundreds of prominent figures, including former Senator Al Franken, actor Kevin Spacey, CBS News television host Charlie Rose, and NBC News television anchor Matt Lauer.

In Los Angeles, Weinstein has also been charged of raping a woman and sexually assaulting another on two consecutive days in 2013, a case in which he has not yet entered a plea.

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