A dramatic verdict was announced Monday morning in Harvey Weinstein’s months-long trial in New York City. The disgraced Miramax mogul was found guilty of a criminal sexual act and of third degree rape, and now faces up to four years in prison on the rape charge, and five to 25 years on the criminal sexual assault.
Weinstein was acquitted on other, more serious charges, like rape in the first degree and predatory sexual assault and rape. The jury found itself hung on these charges, and therefore Weinstein escaped what would have resulted in a life sentence.
Immediately after the verdict was announced, Weinstein’s attorneys began the process of appealing in a New York State Appellate Court. And where is Harvey Weinstein right now? He’s been remanded to custody by a New York Supreme Court Judge pending a sentence that will be handed down on March 11.
Next up, Weinstein will stand trial here in L.A. for four more counts of rape and sexual battery. If any part of that verdict finds him guilty, he could face more prison time. Weinstein can keep appealing verdicts and stave off the sentences for a few months or even years, but it will cost him a lot of money.
The verdict is a big moment for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. Tina Tchen, president and CEO of Time’s Up, issued this statement: “This trial—and the jury’s decision today—marks a new era of justice, not just for the Silence Breakers, who spoke out at great personal risk, but for all survivors of harassment, abuse and assault at work.”
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) February 24, 2020
Ashley Judd, an accuser and one of the first to speak out about Weinstein’s abuse, just tweeted: “For the women who testified in this case, and walked through traumatic hell, you did a public service to girls and women everywhere.”
Rosanna Arquette, another accuser, tweeted out: “Gratitude to the brave women who’ve testified and to the jury for seeing through the dirty tactics of the defense. We will change the laws in the future so that rape victims are heard and not discredited and so that it’s easier for people to report their rapes.”
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