Weinstein Faces 25 Year Sentence, Escapes Top Charges

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Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein on Monday was convicted of sex assault and rape, but cleared of top charges.

The jury of 5 women and 7 men took several days to deliberate.

He was acquitted on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, which carried a potential life sentence, Reuters reported.

Weinstein faces up to 25 years in prison; sentencing was scheduled for March 11.

The 67-year-old was immediately taken into custody after Judge James Burke revoked Weinstein’s bail, according to CBS New York.

Associated Press reported:

Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday at his sexual assault trial, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement.

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 conviction was seen as a long-overdue reckoning for Weinstein after years of whispers about his behavior turned into a torrent of accusations in 2017 that destroyed his career and gave rise to #MeToo, the global movement to encourage women to come forward and hold powerful men accountable for their sexual misconduct.

The jury of seven men and five women took five days to find him guilty.

The case against the once-feared producer was essentially built on three allegations: that he raped an aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013, that he forcibly performed oral sex on another woman, production assistant Mimi Haleyi, at his apartment in 2006, and that he raped and forcibly performed oral sex on “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra in her apartment in the mid-1990s.

Via GatewayPundit

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