Harvey Weinstein Was Found Guilty In His Second Trial For Sex Offenses
Harvey Weinstein was found guilty in his second trial for sex offenses by a jury in Los Angeles. During the two-month trial, people testified about how Weinstein used his power to get women into private meetings where he would then attack them. The Oscar winner, who is 70 years old, could get up to 24 years in prison when he is sentenced.
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At his first trial in New York two years ago, he was found guilty of rape and sexual assault and sentenced to 23 years in prison. On Monday, a jury found Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape as well as two counts of sexual assault involving an accuser identified only as Jane Doe 1. This was done to protect her anonymity.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, and a woman identified only as Jane Doe 2 both made allegations; however, the jury was unable to make a decision regarding the charges. On those points, the judge ruled that there should be no conviction.
He was also found not guilty of sexually assaulting a woman named Jane Doe 3. The Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love producer and co-founder of the entertainment company Miramax was in court in Los Angeles on Monday, wearing a gray suit and looking pale.
He wasn't in a wheelchair like he had been in the past when he went to court. The former Hollywood producer looked down when he heard that he was guilty of count one. Then the court clerk said, "Guilty on count two," and he looked at his lawyer. He looked at the jury at one point.
During the more than four weeks of the trial, dozens of people testified, and their words were often very emotional. But Monday's decision was based on what four women said happened between 2005 and 2013.
The eight men and four women on the jury talked about the three rape charges and the four other sexual assault charges for nine days. Weinstein was found guilty of rape on Monday for raping Jane Doe 1 who was born in Russia.
She was the first person to testify in the trial. She said that she was in Los Angeles in February 2013 for an Italian film festival when the producer showed up uninvited at her hotel room in Beverly Hills and raped her. After the verdict, she said:
Harvey Weinstein forever destroyed a part of me that night in 2013 and I will never get that back. The criminal trial was brutal and Weinstein's lawyers put me through hell on the witness stand, but I knew I had to see this through to the end, and I did. I hope Weinstein never sees the outside of a prison cell during his lifetime.- Jane Doe 1
Ms. Siebel Newsom testified in an emotional way that Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in 2005 while she was making a documentary. In a statement released Monday after the verdict, California's first lady said:
Throughout the trial, Weinstein's lawyers used sexism, misogyny, and bullying tactics to intimidate, demean, and ridicule us survivors. The trial was a stark reminder that we as a society have work to do.- Ms. Siebel Newsom
Lauren Young was the only other one of the four main accusers to come forward in public. When she met Weinstein in 2013 to talk about a script, she said she was a model and wanted to be an actress and screenwriter. Ms. Young said that he had gotten her locked in a hotel bathroom and raped her.
The jury couldn't decide what to do about the charges against her. Jane Doe 3, a massage therapist, said in court that Weinstein had sex with her in a hotel bathroom in 2010. He wasn't responsible for that attack. In 2020, when he was found guilty in New York, it was a turning point for the #MeToo movement, which had been calling out sexual abuse and harassment in the movie business for years.
Multiple newssources said that on Monday, a jury in Los Angeles found Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape in his second criminal trial. The Los Angeles Times says that Weinstein, who is 70 years old, was found guilty of rape and other sexual crimes. Weinstein could go to prison for 60 years or a lifetime if he is found guilty. Next year, he will receive his sentence in Los Angeles.
Weinstein is fighting his conviction in New York right now. Over the course of several decades, more than 80 women have come forward to say that Weinstein assaulted or mistreated them in a sexual way.