Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty of Criminal Sexual Act and Third-Degree Rape

Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty of Criminal Sexual Act and Third-Degree Rape

Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape in the 3rd degree and criminal sexual assault in the 1st degree. He faces up to 25 years in prison, the New York Times reports.

The 3rd degree rape charge is related to Jessica Mann, who accused Weinstein of raping her in 2013. The 1st degree criminal sexual assault charge is related to the testimony of Miriam Haley, who accused Weinstein of forcibly performing oral sex on her in 2006. Weinstein was found not guilty on two counts of predatory sexual assault and a count of first-degree rape regarding Mann’s testimony, NBC News reports.

On Friday the jury was reported as deadlocked on the most serious counts facing the movie producer. Weinstein’s lawyers offered to accept a partial verdict but the presiding judge didn’t allow it, sending the jury back to deliberate.

In October 2017, Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct, rape, and harassment by a number of women including several famous actresses in bombshell reports from The New York Times and The New Yorker. In the years since the allegations set off a wave of similar investigations in Hollywood and other industries.

Update, 12:37: According to New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, who along with Megan Twohey broke the Weinstein story, Weinstein is being taken straight to jail to await his sentencing.

And for the walker skeptics, reporters in the courtroom reported that Weinstein was led out of the courtroom by court security, leaving the walker behind.

In the aftermath of the verdict Tarana Burke, creator of the “MeToo” hashtag, posted her thoughts on the website for the Me Too Mvmt organization. She concludes:

Whether you are an office worker, a nanny, an assistant, a cook, a factory worker— we all have to deal with the spectre of sexual violence derailing our lives.
And, though today a man has been found guilty, we have to wonder whether anyone will care about the rest of us tomorrow. This is why we say MeToo.

Update, 2:38 p.m.: Ronan Farrow reports that the sex crime case brought against Weinstein in Los Angeles is still proceeding as planned. The charges include forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force, and sexual battery by restraint. If convicted, Weinstein faces a sentence of up to 28 years in prison.

This is an ongoing story and Jezebel will be posting updates as we receive more information.

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