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Harvey Weinstein – Film producer found guilty of rape and other sex crimes

Harvey Weinstein – Film producer found guilty of rape and other sex crimes

Harvey Weinstein – Film producer found guilty of rape and other sex crimes

Former American film producer Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape and other sexual offenses by a Los Angeles jury on Monday. The 70-year-old former film magnate faces up to 24 years in prison.

In Los Angeles, the jury decided that Harvey Weinstein is guilty of rape, forced oral sex, and other sexual offenses charged to him by a woman named Jane Doe 1.

The jury was unable to reach a decision on several allegations, including those of documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, and a former Italian model and actress accusing the then-producer of rape. “Her (Newsom’s) intense and emotional confession that she was raped by Weinstein in a hotel room in 2005 brought about the most dramatic moments of the trial,” the AP said.

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Deputy District Attorney Marlene Martinez in her final speech stressed that it was time to end Weinstein’s reign of terror. “The time has come for the ruler to be brought to justice,” she argued.

In the opinion of Weinstein’s defenders, the statements of two of the women about meetings with Weinstein were complete lies. The other two, they argued, were 100 percent “consensual” interactions. But later they changed their mind. – Well, rage is not a fact. And tears don’t make the truth, said Weinstein’s lawyer Alan Jackson.

Weinstein is already serving a 23-year sentence

The 70-year-old once powerful film mogul, convicted of similar offenses in New York, has now been serving a 23-year sentence for two years. He pleaded not guilty in both trials.

The AP points out that Weinstein’s New York sentence was not overturned on appeal, but the case will go to the state’s highest court next year. Also, the verdict that follows the California jury’s decision is likely to be appealed.

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