Jurors begin deliberations during Harvey Weinstein’s trial in Los Angeles

Jurors begin deliberations during Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial in Los Angeles, following a last-ditch effort from prosecutors.

You have clear, incontrovertible evidence about the nature of this man and what he did to these women,” deputy district attorney Paul Thompson told jurors in dismissing the verdict. final argument made by the defense the day before.

Mr. Thompson called on them to find the 70-year-old former movie mogul guilty of two counts of rape and five counts of sexual assault on which he was charged.

The charges related to the allegations made by four women spanned from 2005 to 2013.

The jury heard 49 witnesses over four weeks providing evidence.

Finally, Weinstein’s defense attorney Alan Jackson stressed that there was no physical evidence of the attacks, none of which were reported to authorities until years later.

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Harvey Weinstein (Etienne Laurent/AP)

He told the jury that two of the accusers had clearly lied, and that the other two considered the sex acts “transactional” and “100% consensual” with Mr Weinstein as offensive behavior after he became a magnet for the #MeToo movement in 2017.

Mr Jackson said: “Regret is not rape.

In his rebuttal, Mr. Thompson directed jurors to review the evidence for each woman.

He said the defense failed to prove that any of the women gained anything in the “deal” from Weinstein, or that they gained anything by lying.

Mr Thompson said: “Where is the evidence that there was any motive other than justice for the sexual assault?”

Supreme Court Justice Lisa Lench gave final instructions to jurors who then brought the case to them.

“They only have a few hours to consider on the Friday afternoon before the holiday weekend.

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Weinstein served 23 years in prison for one count in New York and could be sentenced to more than 60 years in California if convicted on all counts.

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