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Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty in Landmark #MeToo Moment

Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty in Landmark #MeToo Moment Photo: ZUMA/MGN

Created: February 24, 2020 11:01 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - Harvey Weinstein has been convicted at his New York City sexual assault trial. He was found guilty of criminal sex act for assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006 and third-degree rape of a woman in 2013. 

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The jury found him not guilty on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, that could result in a life sentence. 

The verdict followed weeks of often harrowing and excruciatingly graphic testimony from a string of accusers who told of rapes, forced oral sex, groping, masturbation, lewd propositions and that's-Hollywood excuses from Weinstein about how the casting couch works.

The landmark reckoning for the former movie producer comes after years of whispers exploded into a torrent of sexual misconduct allegations that ended his reign in Hollywood and gave rise to the #MeToo movement. 

Harvey Weinstein had a look of resignation on his face as he was convicted at trial Monday of forcibly performing oral sex on a woman in 2006 and of third-degree rape in 2013.  The once-powerful Hollywood mogul stared straight ahead as the verdicts were read in federal court in Manhattan.
    
As the jury was taken back behind closed doors, Weinstein continued to sit at the defense table, with several court officers standing close by. He then began talking to his lawyers.
    
The jury has been deliberating the rape and sexual assault charges against the once-powerful movie mogul for five days.
    
The jury sent a note to Judge James Burke at the end of a fourth day of deliberations on Friday, asking if it was permissible for the panel to be hung on one or both counts of predatory sexual assault against the disgraced movie mogul while reaching a unanimous verdict on lesser charges. 
    
The judge responded by ordering the jury to keep deliberating and try to reach a unanimous decision. The query sparked speculation that the trial could end with a partial verdict, but Burke has not addressed that.

Weinstein has said any sexual encounters were consensual.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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