Harvey Weinstein convicted of 3 of 7 charges in sexual assault trial


[Breaking news update, published at 7:07 p.m. ET]

Former film producer Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape, forced oral intercourse and sexually assaulting a woman with a foreign object Monday in a sexual assault trial in which prosecutors member said he used his Hollywood influence to lure women to private meetings and attack them.

The jurors found Weinstein not guilty of one count of sexual assault by restraint and were hanged on one count of sexual assault by restraint, one count of forced oral intercourse and a crime of rape.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all seven charges.

The verdict came as jurors entered their third week of deliberations, meeting for a total of 41 hours over a 10-day period.

Weinstein was convicted of a similar crime in New York in 2020 and sentenced to 23 years in prison.

[Original story, published at 2:02 p.m. ET]

A Los Angeles jury resumed discussions on Monday in Harvey Weinstein’s second sexual assault trial, meeting on the tenth day to decide on a verdict after weeks of testimony. .

The disgraced movie mogul who was accused of using his Hollywood influence to drag women into private meetings and attack themwaiting for a decision from behind bars.

Weinstein faces two counts of rape and five counts of sexual assault related to allegations from four women, including Jennifer Siebel Newsoma filmmaker and wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, who accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room in 2005.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all seven charges against him. He initially faced 11 counts, but four related to an unnamed woman were dropped later. She did not testify.

The jury deliberated for a total of about 37 hours when they adjourned last Wednesday without reaching a verdict.

The former film producer served 23 years in prison for sexual assault in New York. His lawyers appealed that verdict, which brought more attention to the outcome of the trial in Los Angeles.

If a jury in Los Angeles finds him guilty, Weinstein could face 60 years in prison, plus five more.

A Los Angeles jury deliberated longer than a New York jury in Weinstein’s first criminal trial, in which he was found guilty criminal sex act and third degree rape after 26 hours of discussions.

As the deliberations progressed in Los Angeles, the jury questioned the court and at least twice requested a re-reading of the testimony. Los Angeles Superior Court officials did not provide specific details about those requests.

The week-long trial in Los Angeles saw emotional testimony from Weinstein’s accusers – a model, a dancer, a massage therapist and Siebel Newsom – all of those asked to detail their allegations against him, provide details of meetings with the manufacturer from many years ago and explain their reactions to the cases alleged assault.

In closed argumentLos Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Marlene Martinez called Weinstein a “giant” who used his power in Hollywood to hunt down and silence women.

“Rape rapists rape. You can look at the model,” prosecutor Paul Thompson told the jury.

“You have clear, indisputable evidence of the nature of this man and what he did to these women,” Thompson said.

Meanwhile, Weinstein’s lawyers have maintained that the allegations were fabricated or consensual as part of a “transactional relationship” with the film’s producer, and repeatedly said there were no evidence of assault.

Defense attorney Alan Jackson called the accusers “fame and fortune seekers”.

The Los Angeles trial included testimony from four accusers identified as Jane Does in court and other witnesses, including experts, law enforcement, friends of the accusers and other witnesses. Weinstein’s former assistant.

Besides, four women testify that they have been subjected to similar behavior by Weinstein in other jurisdictions.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom testified on November 14.

Every morning at his trial, Weinstein was taken from a correctional facility and ushered into a Los Angeles courtroom, dressed in a suit, tie, and holding a composition notebook.

All of his accusers began their sometimes emotional testimonies by identifying him in the courtroom as he looked in.

“He was wearing a suit and blue tie and was staring at me,” Siebel Newsom said last month, before one of the most emotional moments of the trial.

Last Thursday, Jackson’s defense asked jurors if they could “accept what (Jane Does) say is the gospel,” arguing that what they said was lacking in legal evidence. y substantiate their claim.

“Five words sum up the entire prosecution case: ‘Trust me,’” Jackson said. “’Trust me he showed up at my hotel room unannounced. Take my word that I showed up at his hotel room. Take my word that I disagree. Take my word, that I said no.’ ”

Siebel Newsom described a “cat-and-mouse period” that lasted for hours before she was accused of assault. She, like other accusers, described feeling “frozen” that day.

Weinstein’s lawyers did not deny the incident happened, but said he believed it was consensual.

Jackson called the incident “consensual, transactional sex,” adding: “Regret is not the same as rape. And it’s important that we make that difference in this courtroom.”

Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred, who represented Jane Doe 2 in the case, told CNN she hopes the jury finds her client “has no incentive to do anything but speak up. out the truth.”

“She never sought or received any compensation… She doesn’t live in California anymore. But she is testifying because she was asked to testify and I hope that they considered her a young woman when she met Harvey Weinstein, and the woman she has today is about 9 to 10 years old. next year. Her life has changed,” Allred said.

“Ready to put yourself through a very brutal cross-examination. That takes a very special person to do it. And she is a special person. I’m so proud,” Allred said.

In her final argument, Martinez also emphasized that the women who testified chose to do so despite knowing they would face difficult conditions in court.

“The truth is, as you sit here, we know the despicable act the defendant committed. He thinks he has such power that people will…justify his behavior,” Martinez said. “It’s just Harvey is Harvey. That’s just Hollywood. And for a long time, that’s what people did. Everyone just turned around.”


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