Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of three charges including forcible oral copulation, forcible penetration with a foreign item, and forcible rape. But the Los Angeles jury found him not guilty of one.
Weinstein, wearing a gray suit and tie, held his forehead in his hands while the first guilty verdict indictment was read.
Jurors heard 44 prosecution witnesses – and a handful for the defense – in the two-month trial that began Oct. 10 with jury selection. After deliberating for nine days, the panel of nine men (and three women) returned Monday to work after a four-day weekend. They were asked for one piece of testimony. This was then read back to them in the morning.
Just after 3:00 p.m., the jury, press, and court observers were informed that a verdict was reached. They began to gather in the Los Angeles courtroom, to which Weinstein was being shuttled each day during deliberations.
Los Angeles District Attorney brought criminal charges against four women, including Jennifer Siebel Newsom (wife of the California Governor), according to Los Angeles District Attorney. Gavin Newsom, who testified over multiple days last month; four other accusers testified as support, or “prior bad acts,” witnesses. Original 11 charges were levelled by the prosecution based on five women’s allegations. Jane Doe 5 was never proven and four of the charges were dropped during the trial.
Newsom’s allegations were the basis of the jury’s decision to hang it, with 10-2 votes in favor. In his opening statement, Weinstein’s lead attorney Mark Werksman had called Newsom a “bimbo” who was seeking career advancement by sleeping with the producer in 2005, years before she met the then-mayor of San Francisco.
When closing arguments came around, they doubled down, telling the jury that all eight women who testified that Weinstein raped or assaulted them were either liars, or “fame and fortune seekers” who had “transactional sex” with Weinstein, then changed their stories as the #MeToo movement gained momentum.
Weinstein has already served 23 years in prison in New York for first-degree sexual assault, and third-degree of rape. This conviction was a result of a conviction he received. granted the right to appeal. After the trial was over, he was sentenced to another 60 years in California prison.
In Weinstein’s New York trial, the jury found him guilty of third-degree rape of accuser Jessica Mann and a criminal sexual act of Miriam Haley, but not guilty on two of the most serious charges – predatory sexual assault against Haley, Mann and “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra – and the first-degree rape of Mann.
Weinstein’s was one of four #MeToo-related trials that, by pure coincidence, all started around the same time In October, exactly five year after a New York Times bombshell report, the Mirmax and Weinstein Co. mogul were accused of sexually assaulting multiple female victims. This report not only brought out several additional Weinstein accusers but also opened up the floodgates for accusations against prominent Hollywood actors.
Kevin Spacey wriggled out unscathed Anthony Rapp brought a New York civil lawsuit for an alleged assault in 1986. criminal charges in the U.K. Paul Haggis had a different outcome, as a civil jury ordered the “Crash” director to pay $10 million An ex-publicist charged him with rape in 2013
And taking place just down the hall from the Weinstein trial was the criminal rape and sex assault case of “That ’70s Show” star Danny Masterson, which ended last month In a mistrial. Los Angeles District attorney must now decide whether to re-try the caseYou can either let Masterson go or you can.
In order of their statements, the four women accused of criminal charges are:
Jane Doe 1: A model and actress who was born in Russia but now resides in Italy. told the jury She was at the Italia Film Festival in Beverly Hills, 2013 when Weinstein briefly met her. He began pounding at her door late at night hours later, she claimed. She claims that she allowed him to enter her room and began a sexual assault which ended in rape. Verdict: GUILTY.
Jane Doe 2: Lauren Young is a self-identified model, who tried to break into acting in 2013, when she accepted a script interview with Weinstein. She told the jury Jane Doe 1 said that Jane Doe 1 had raped Jane Doe 1. He then snatched Jane Doe 1 and dragged her into his Beverly Hills hotel bathroom. She was the only witness in Weinstein’s Los Angeles trial who also testified during his 2020 trial in New York. Verdict: NOT GUILTY.
Jane Doe 3Weinstein employed a massage therapist as a massage therapist in 2010. she testified Weinstein took her to a hotel bathroom and groped, then masturbated right in front of her. Weinstein continued to speak with her about potential book deals, something that defense attorneys and other witnesses seized on. Verdict: GUILTY.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom: Now, the wife of California Governor. Gavin Newsom, “Jane Doe 4” self-identified before the trial began. She testified through tears, sobs, and shouts Weinstein called her as an actress-aspiring filmmaker in 2005 to arrange a meeting. He then raped her in his Beverly Hills hotel room during a lengthy encounter that lasted many hours. No verdict, hung jury.
The four other women who testified as “support” witnesses, but whose allegations were not among the charged crimes:
Kelly S: Kelly Sipherd, a former aspiring actress. said Weinstein assaulted her In a hotel room during the 1991 Toronto Film Festival. She said she later went to confront him at the same hotel in 2008 – and he did it again.
Ambra B: Identified as Ambra Gutierrez, an actress and model from the Philippines and Italy, she met Weinstein in 2015 and claimed that he was aggressively groping her. In an effort to obtain a confession, she immediately reported the incident the police. They secretly recorded her interactions with Weinstein over the next days.
Natassia M: Natassia Malthe, a Norwegian model, claims that Weinstein arrived unannounced in her London hotel room in 2008 to rape her after the BAFTA Awards ceremony.
Ashley M: Ashley Matthau (ex-professional dancer) was 21 years old at the time. told the jury Weinstein used a female assistant to help lure her from the 2003 set of “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” in Puerto Rico and pinned her down while he masturbated on his hotel room bed, causing her to miss the call-time for her only scene.
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