Court verdict against Harvey Weinstein: Jury returns guilty verdict

The disgraced producer faced seven charges and could have served 60 more years in prison if he had been convicted on all charges. He’ll still face a significant additional prison sentence just for being convicted of three.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on October 4, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Harvey Weinstein was extradited from New York to Los Angeles on sexual charges. (Photo by Etienne Laurent-Pool/Getty Images)

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After 10 days of deliberation, the jury in Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles trial has finally reached a verdict. He is guilty of triple rape and sexual assault.

He was found guilty of raping an Italian model identified as Jane Doe Nr and a charge of sexual battery at the Mr. C Hotel in February 2013.

Weinstein was tried on a total of seven charges: two counts of rape and five counts of sexual assault. Each charge was tried separately, with the jury being forced to consider each charge individually. He acquitted one of those charges, but the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision on three others.

If convicted on all charges, Weinstein faces an additional 60 years in prison. The 70-year-old, who is wheelchair-bound and suffering from various health conditions, is already serving a 23-year sentence for his rape convictions in New York. Since June 2021, after being extradited from New York, he has been held in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles ahead of his second trial.

Before Weinstein was outed as a serial sexual offender in October 2017, the founder of Miramax (and later The Weinstein Company) was considered one of the royalty of Hollywood, an independent film mogul with a unique talent for scouting contenders for awards season, film festivals and running the Careers of some of the industry’s boldest young filmmakers. Over the course of his long career as a film and theater producer, he has won an Academy Award and seven Tonys, and is credited with guiding directors such as Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino to the forefront of Hollywood.

But he was just as famous for his infamous outbursts of anger and unbridled anger at anyone who stood in his way. He gained a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most difficult characters to work with, and the film industry quickly turned its back on him when it was no longer seen as a professional necessity to deal with him. His defining legacy is the lives and careers that have been marred after him. Now that this rapist has received justice, perhaps healing can begin.

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Lindsay Lowe

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