Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles trial

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He’ll be facing up to 24 years in prison when sentenced.

Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape in a Los Angeles court.

During a two-month trial, the jury heard how Weinstein used his influence to lure victims into private meetings before attacking them.

In addition to being found guilty of rape, the disgraced movie mogul was found guilty of two sexual assault charges involving an accuser, known as Jane Doe 1 to protect her anonymity.

As a result, Weinstein will be facing up to 24 years in prison when he is sentenced.

He is already serving 23 years in prison after previously being convicted of rape and sexual assault at a trial in New York back in 2020.

While Weinstein was found guilty of rape and two sexual assault charges on Monday (December 19), the jury was unable to reach verdicts on allegations made by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California governor Gavin Newsom, and a woman known as Jane Doe 2. As a result, a mistrial was declared on those counts.

The former film producer was also acquitted of sexual battery against an accuser known as Jane Doe 3.

Over the course of several weeks, the trial heard testimonies from dozens of witnesses, but the final verdict focused on allegations made by four women spanning the years 2005 to 2013.

“Harvey Weinstein will never be able to rape another woman,” Ms Siebel Newsom said in a statement following the verdict. “He will spend the rest of his life behind bars where he belongs.

“Throughout the trial, Weinstein’s lawyers used sexism, misogyny, and bullying tactics to intimidate, demean, and ridicule us survivors. The trial was a stark reminder that we as a society have work to do.”

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