Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape at a trial in Los Angeles.
A jury of eight men and four women reached a guilty verdict after nine days of deliberation at the second criminal trial against the 70-year-old man.
Weinstein is serving a two-year, 23-year sentence for another count of rape and sexual assault in New York.
He was found guilty of rape, forced oral intercourse and another count of sexual misconduct involving a woman named Jane Doe One.
The jury was unable to reach a decision on a number of charges, notably those involving Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom.
The jury reported that they were unable to reach a verdict on her charges and those of another woman. A mistake was declared on those charges.
He was also acquitted of sexual assault charges committed by another woman.
He faces up to 24 years in prison when convicted. Prosecutors and defense attorneys were not immediately available for comment on the verdict.
Who would have thought that such a giant in the entertainment industry would be a perverted rapistAssociate District Attorney Marlene Martinez
“It is time for the defendant’s reign of terror to end,” deputy district attorney Marlene Martinez said in the prosecutor’s final argument. “Time to bring the king to justice.”
Lacking any forensic evidence or eyewitness accounts of the assaults that Weinstein’s accusers say happened between 2005 and 2013, the case relies heavily on stories and credibility. of the four women at the center of the allegations.
The accusers include Newsom, a documentary filmmaker whose husband is Governor Gavin Newsom.
Her intense and moving testimony about being raped by Weinstein in a hotel room in 2005 provided the trial with its most dramatic moments.
Another, an Italian model and actress, said Weinstein showed up uninvited at her hotel room door during a film festival in 2013 and raped her.
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Well, anger doesn’t make the truth. And tears don’t make the truthWeinstein Attorney Alan Jackson
Lauren Young, the only accuser to testify at both Weinstein trials, said she was an aspiring model and screenwriter who met Weinstein about a script in 2013 when he I locked her in a hotel bathroom, groped her and masturbated in front of her. hers.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the charges related to Ms. Young.
A massage therapist testified that Weinstein did the same to her after a massage in 2010.
Ms. Martinez said in her closing that the women entered Weinstein’s hotel suites or let him into their rooms without knowing what awaited them.
“Who would have thought that such an entertainment giant would be a perverted rapist?” she speaks.
Defense attorneys said two of the women had completely lied about their encounters with Weinstein and that the other two had “100% consensual” sex that they later arranged. again.
Weinstein’s attorney Alan Jackson said in the final argument: “Remorse is not the same as rape.
He urged jurors to review the woman’s emotional testimony and focus on factual evidence.
“‘Trust us because we’re crazy, believe us because we cried,'” Mr Jackson said jurors had been asked to do so. “Well, anger doesn’t make up the truth. And tears don’t make the truth.”
All the women involved in the charges were brought to court by Jane Doe. The Associated Press generally does not name people who say they have been sexually abused unless they publicly report it or agree to be named through their attorneys, as the women named here have done.
Prosecutors called 40 other witnesses to try to provide context and corroborate those stories. Four other women who were not involved in the charges testified that Weinstein raped or sexually assaulted them.
They were brought up to establish a pattern of sexual predation.
Weinstein defeated four other charges before the trial ended when prosecutors said a woman he was accused of twice raping and twice sexually assaulting would not appear to testify.
They declined to give a reason. Judge Lisa Lench denied those charges.
Weinstein’s conviction in New York survived an initial appeal, but the case will be heard by the state’s highest court next year.
The California sentence, which is also likely to be appealed, means he won’t be free even if the East Coast sentence is overturned.
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