Harvey Weinstein Guilty of Sexual Assault and Third-Degree Rape, Acquitted on Other Charges
Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of committing a “criminal sexual act” and third-degree rape, however, he was acquitted of two counts of predatory sexual assault.
On Monday, the jury of seven men and five women reached the verdict after deliberating for four and a half days. According to Variety, Weinstein was stone-faced as the verdict was read.
Justice James Burke ordered Weinstein to be taken into custody and he is due to be sentenced on March 11.
Harvey Weinstein faces a maximum of 25 years in prison on the charge of sexually assaulting Miriam Haley, a former production assistant for the Weinstein Company.
Reportedly, Weinstein assaulted Haley at his Soho apartment on July 10, 2006. He was also convicted of third-degree rape on the charge of assaulting Jessica Mann, an aspiring actress, and hairdresser who accused him of raping her at a DoubleTree Hotel in New York on March 18, 2013.
Moreover, Weinstein was not found guilty of the two most serious charges of predatory sexual assault which could lead to a potential sentence of 10 years to life in prison. He was also acquitted of the first-degree rape of Mann as the jury stated that he raped her but did not use “forcible compulsion” to do so.
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El productor de cine #HarveyWeinstein, de 67 años de edad, fue declarado culpable este lunes por dos de los cinco delitos sexuales de los que se le acusaba (acto sexual criminal en primer grado, de cinco a 25 años de prisión, por practicar sexo oral a la fuerza a la ayudante de producción Mimi Haley en 2006; y violación en tercer grado, de cuatro años, contra la aspirante a actriz Jessica Mann en 2013). El movimiento feminista #MeToo, ha aplaudido la decisión del jurado de Nueva York (aún queda un juicio en Los Angeles por otros casos), conformado por siete hombres y cinco mujeres, tras deliberar durante 26 horas y media. Quedó absuelto de dos de los cargos más importantes que pesaban en su contra: agresión sexual depredadora y violación en primer grado. En junio de 2018 había pagado un millón de dólares para mantenerse en libertad bajo fianza, pero el juez determinó que ahora sí deberá ir a prisión.
The verdict indicated that the jurors did not believe, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Weinstein had raped and assaulted actress Annabella Sciorra at her Gramercy Park apartment in the early 1990s.
Soon after the verdict was read, Weinstein was surrounded by bailiffs, handcuffed, and taken to jail.
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