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NBC News 24 Feb 2020

Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty Of Rape, Criminal Sexual Act, Acquitted On Other Charges

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Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape in the third degree after a New York jury reached a verdict in the landmark case. Weinstein was also found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree, but was found not guilty of predatory sexual assault and another count of first-degree rape.


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NEWS SPECIAL REPORT. HERE’S KATE SNOW.
HERE’S KATE SNOW. >>> GOOD DAY, EVERYONE.
>>> GOOD DAY, EVERYONE. WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH
WE’RE COMING ON THE AIR WITH BREAKING NEWS, A VERDICT REACHED
BREAKING NEWS, A VERDICT REACHED IN THE CLOSELY WATCHED TRIAL OF
IN THE CLOSELY WATCHED TRIAL OF HARVEY WEINSTEIN, THE ONE
HARVEY WEINSTEIN, THE ONE POPULAR HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER.
POPULAR HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER. CHARGES THAT CARRY A POTENTIAL
CHARGES THAT CARRY A POTENTIAL PENALTY OF LIFE IN PRISON.
PENALTY OF LIFE IN PRISON. THE JURY OF SEVEN MEN AND FIVE
THE JURY OF SEVEN MEN AND FIVE WOMEN HAVE JUST RETURNED THEIR
WOMEN HAVE JUST RETURNED THEIR VERDICT IN A NEW YORK CITY
VERDICT IN A NEW YORK CITY COURTROOM THAT’S WHERE INSTEAD
COURTROOM THAT’S WHERE INSTEAD OF STEPHANIE GOSK IS.
OF STEPHANIE GOSK IS. WHAT DO WE KNOW?
WHAT DO WE KNOW? >> Reporter: WELL, KATE, HARVEY
>> Reporter: WELL, KATE, HARVEY WEINSTEIN WAS FOUND FIRST DEGREE
WEINSTEIN WAS FOUND FIRST DEGREE CRIMINAL ACTS AND THIRD DEGREE
CRIMINAL ACTS AND THIRD DEGREE RAPE.
RAPE. HE’S NOT GUILTY ON THE MOST
HE’S NOT GUILTY ON THE MOST SERIOUS CHARGES IN THE CASE,
SERIOUS CHARGES IN THE CASE, PREDATORY SEXUAL ASSAULT.
PREDATORY SEXUAL ASSAULT. THESE ARE THE CHARGES THAT COULD
THESE ARE THE CHARGES THAT COULD HAVE CARRIED A SENTENCE OF 25
HAVE CARRIED A SENTENCE OF 25 YEARS TO LIFE.
YEARS TO LIFE. BUT THE FIRST DEGREE CHARGE OF
BUT THE FIRST DEGREE CHARGE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT DOES CARRY A
SEXUAL ASSAULT DOES CARRY A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF UP TO 25
MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF UP TO 25 YEARS.
YEARS. AS YOU KNOW, HE’S 67 YEARS OLD,
AS YOU KNOW, HE’S 67 YEARS OLD, CARRYING THAT KIND OF SENTENCE
CARRYING THAT KIND OF SENTENCE WOULD BRING HIM TO 92 YEARS OLD.
WOULD BRING HIM TO 92 YEARS OLD. BUT AGAIN, VERY IMPORTANT HERE,
BUT AGAIN, VERY IMPORTANT HERE, HE WAS NOT CONVICTED ON THE TWO
HE WAS NOT CONVICTED ON THE TWO MOST SERIOUS CHARGES OF
MOST SERIOUS CHARGES OF PREDATORY SEXUAL ASSAULT, KATE.
PREDATORY SEXUAL ASSAULT, KATE. >> BUT, STEPHANIE, IT IS VERY
>> BUT, STEPHANIE, IT IS VERY NEWSWORTHY THAT HE’S CONVICTED
NEWSWORTHY THAT HE’S CONVICTED ON THESE TWO COUNTS.
ON THESE TWO COUNTS. THIS IS REALLY A SEMINAL CASE
THIS IS REALLY A SEMINAL CASE THAT’S BEEN WATCHED ACROSS THE
THAT’S BEEN WATCHED ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
COUNTRY. IT WILL HAVE SHOCK WAVES.
IT WILL HAVE SHOCK WAVES. >> Reporter:
>> Reporter: >> Reporter: IT ABSOLUTELY WILL.
>> Reporter: IT ABSOLUTELY WILL. AND HARVEY WEINSTEIN HAS BEEN
AND HARVEY WEINSTEIN HAS BEEN THE SYMBOL OF THE ME TOO
THE SYMBOL OF THE ME TOO MOVEMENT.
MOVEMENT. THERE ARE.
THERE ARE. TO 100 WOMEN WHO HAVE ACCUSED
TO 100 WOMEN WHO HAVE ACCUSED HIM.
HIM. FOR MANY WOMEN THE CASE IN
FOR MANY WOMEN THE CASE IN NEW YORK CITY HAS BECOME THE
NEW YORK CITY HAS BECOME THE SYMBOL FOR THE ENTIRE MOVEMENT.
SYMBOL FOR THE ENTIRE MOVEMENT. THE FACT THAT HE’S BEEN
THE FACT THAT HE’S BEEN CONVICTED ON TWO CHARGES AND
CONVICTED ON TWO CHARGES AND WILL FACE A PRISON SENTENCE FOR
WILL FACE A PRISON SENTENCE FOR THOSE TWO CHARGES IS INCREDIBLY
THOSE TWO CHARGES IS INCREDIBLY SIGNIFICANT.
SIGNIFICANT. IT’S ALSO SIGNIFICANT, KATE,
IT’S ALSO SIGNIFICANT, KATE, BECAUSE THE ALLEGATIONS AT THE
BECAUSE THE ALLEGATIONS AT THE CENTER OF THIS WERE TWO WOMEN
CENTER OF THIS WERE TWO WOMEN WHO SAID THEY WERE SEXUALLY
WHO SAID THEY WERE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.
ASSAULTED. ONE IN 2006, ONE IN 2013.
ONE IN 2006, ONE IN 2013. THEY DID NOT TELL POLICE AT THE
THEY DID NOT TELL POLICE AT THE TIME.
TIME. THEY DID NOT TELL FRIENDS
THEY DID NOT TELL FRIENDS CONTEMPORANEOUSLY AT THE TIME.
CONTEMPORANEOUSLY AT THE TIME. THERE WAS NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.
THERE WAS NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE. THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE GUILTY
THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE GUILTY CHARGES HERE IS GOING TO SEND A
CHARGES HERE IS GOING TO SEND A MESSAGE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS
MESSAGE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS WHETHER OR NOT VICTIMS SHOULD
WHETHER OR NOT VICTIMS SHOULD COME FORWARD WITH THESE KINDS OF
COME FORWARD WITH THESE KINDS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS.
SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS. IT COULD CHANGE THE WAY THAT
IT COULD CHANGE THE WAY THAT THESE CASES ARE HANDLED AND
THESE CASES ARE HANDLED AND PROSECUTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY
PROSECUTED ACROSS THE COUNTRY BECAUSE UP UNTIL THIS POINT,
BECAUSE UP UNTIL THIS POINT, IT’S BEEN QUITE RARE FOR A CASE
IT’S BEEN QUITE RARE FOR A CASE LIKE LIST TOTHIS TO END UP IN FE
LIKE LIST TOTHIS TO END UP IN FE COURT.
COURT. >> STEPHANIE, WITH THE CASE, THE
>> STEPHANIE, WITH THE CASE, THE WOMAN HAVING ONGOING
WOMAN HAVING ONGOING RELATIONSHIPS WITH HARVEY
RELATIONSHIPS WITH HARVEY WEINSTEIN AFTER THIS, AND NOW
WEINSTEIN AFTER THIS, AND NOW THE GUILTY CHARGES AFTER THE
THE GUILTY CHARGES AFTER THE RELATIONSHIPS.
RELATIONSHIPS. >> Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT, THE
>> Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT, THE TWO WOMEN TOOK THE STAND.
TWO WOMEN TOOK THE STAND. THEY TESTIFIED THAT THEY HAD
THEY TESTIFIED THAT THEY HAD SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS WITH HARVEY
SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS WITH HARVEY WEINSTEIN AFTER THE ASSAULT
WEINSTEIN AFTER THE ASSAULT ALLEGATION.
ALLEGATION. IN THE CASE OF JESSICA MANN, THE
IN THE CASE OF JESSICA MANN, THE THIRD DEGREE RAPE CHARGE THAT HE
THIRD DEGREE RAPE CHARGE THAT HE WAS FOUND GUILTY OF, SHE
WAS FOUND GUILTY OF, SHE TESTIFIED TO HAVING A YEAR’S
TESTIFIED TO HAVING A YEAR’S LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH HARVEY
LONG RELATIONSHIP WITH HARVEY WEINSTEIN INCLUDING TEXT
WEINSTEIN INCLUDING TEXT MESSAGES AND EMAILS.
MESSAGES AND EMAILS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE
THIS IS SOMETHING THAT THE DEFENSE FOCUSED ON HEAVILY.
DEFENSE FOCUSED ON HEAVILY. PROSECUTORS, HOWEVER, BROUGHT IN
PROSECUTORS, HOWEVER, BROUGHT IN FORENSIC PSYCHIATRISTS, THE SAME
FORENSIC PSYCHIATRISTS, THE SAME FORENSIC PSYCHIATRISTS THAT
FORENSIC PSYCHIATRISTS THAT TESTIFIED IN THE BILL COSBY CASE
TESTIFIED IN THE BILL COSBY CASE SAYING THAT THESE KIND OF
SAYING THAT THESE KIND OF INCIDENTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
INCIDENTS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT DON’T REACT IN THE SAME WAY.
DON’T REACT IN THE SAME WAY. THEY HAVE A MULTITUDE OF

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