Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty Over Assaults, Could Face 25 Years In Prison

Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of two counts in his sexual assault trial.

Weinstein, 67, was convicted on lesser charges of third-degree rape and a criminal sexual act in the first degree and faces up to 25 years in prison.

But he was acquitted of the most serious charges of predatory sexual assault. He had denied all charges.

He still faces more charges in Los Angeles of rape and sexual assault of two women in 2013.

More than 80 women, including famous actresses, had accused him of sexual misconduct stretching back decades.

What happened in court? 

The jury of seven men and five women reached their verdict on Monday morning, the fifth day of deliberations.   

He was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, in 2013.

But the jury acquitted him on two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carried a potential life sentence, and first-degree rape of Mann. In the minutes after the verdict, Weinstein showed no emotion as he talked to his lead lawyer Donna Rotunno.

But the judge ordered him to be sent to jail immediately. He was surrounded by court officers, handcuffed and led from the courtroom.

Weinstein had entered court before the verdict wearing a navy blue suit and leaning on a walking frame.

The case was at the centre of the #MeToo movement that inspired women to go public with misconduct allegations against powerful men.

Weinstein shot to fame with critically acclaimed films such as Pulp Fiction, The English Patient and Shakespeare in Love.

Allegations against him helped drive the #MeToo campaign against sexual misconduct, where victims shared their experiences of assault and harassment.

Some criminal investigations were launched but he was not charged until May 2018, when he turned himself in to police in New York.

Source: BBC

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