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Washington Post 24 Feb 2020

Harvey Weinstein guilty on two charges in sexual assault case, acquitted on others


A jury in New York determined that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted to women in separate incidents. He was found not guilty of the most severe charge, predatory sexual assault.

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-After three weeks of testimony,
a New York jury found disgraced film producer
Harvey Weinstein guilty of sexual assault.
-Harvey Weinstein will now have to finally face
the serious consequences of his criminal behavior
at his sentencing here in New York on March 11th.
The jury of seven men and five women
convicted Weinstein on two of the five charges he was facing.
They determined that Weinstein forced a sex act
on former production assistant Mimi Haley
at his New York apartment in 2006.
He was also found guilty of raping
aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.
Weinstein could face up to 25 years in prison.
Weinstein was not found guilty on the most severe charges,
of predatory sexual assault,
which carried the potential of life in prison.
In an effort by the prosecution to show a pattern of misconduct,
the jury heard testimony from actress Annabella Sciorra,
who described an alleged assault
that occurred either in late 1993 or early 1994.
The trial included testimony from 28 prosecution witnesses.
Mann's testimony lasted for three days
and produced some of the more dramatic moments.
Mann maintained a five-year
consensual relationship with Weinstein,
but accused him of forcing sex on her
at a New York hotel in 2006.
She also accused him of a second incident
that happened in Los Angeles, that was not part of this trial.
-It's a bittersweet day. We're disappointed.
We knew we came in and we were down 35
to nothing the day that we started this trial.
-In closing arguments, Weinstein's counsel argued
that the accusers met willingly to advance their careers
and that all sexual activity was consensual.
Before the case went to jury, Judge James Burke admonished
Weinstein defense lawyer Donna Rotunno
for publishing an opinion piece
in Newsweek asking the jury to be fair.
-Harvey Weinstein has finally been held accountable
for crimes he committed.
-This is a critical case for Manhattan District Attorney
Cyrus Vance Jr,
who was criticized for declining to charge
Weinstein in 2015 after model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez
said Weinstein groped her at his Tribeca office.
-So I'm happy to see that at least something
was done right the second time.
-Tell me what happened with you.
-This is the first conviction to emerge
from the dozens of sexual misconduct allegations
that surfaced in 2017 and sparked the #MeToo movement.
After the verdict was announced, Weinstein was handcuffed,
put in jail, and his bail revoked.
His sentencing is scheduled for March 11th.
Weinstein is also facing separate
sex charges in Los Angeles,
that involved alleged encounters with two women in 2013.

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