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Harvey Weinstein Convicted of Rape, Sex Assault

A jury convicted Weinstein on 2 out of 5 counts: criminal sexual act in the 1st degree and rape in the 3rd degree. He was found not guilty of 3 other charges. He faces 5 to 25 years in prison.

Harvey Weinstein has been convicted of rape and sexual assault at his rape trial in New York City. He faces up to 25 years in prison. 

A jury of seven men and five women convicted Weinstein Monday on two out of five counts: criminal sexual act in the 1st degree and rape in the 3rd degree. He was found not guilty of rape and the most serious sex crimes of predatory sexual assault — the latter two charges could have sent him to prison for life. 

Upon the verdict, he was immediately taken into custody and will be held without bail pending his sentencing, which is set for March 11. 

The trial saw six women take the stand with accusations against Weinstein. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said after the conviction that the women who came out against Weinstein "changed the course of history in the fight against sexual violence."

"These survivors weren't just brave, they were heroic," Vance said.

In a statement, #MeToo said Weinstein's conviction "wouldn’t have been possible without the voices of the silence breakers in and outside of the courtroom, the survivors who courageously testified, and the jurors who, despite an unrelenting and unethical defense strategy, voted to find an unremorseful Harvey Weinstein guilty."

"...And, though today a man has been found guilty, we have to wonder whether anyone will care about the rest of us tomorrow. This is why we say MeToo," the statement continued. 

Weinstein, 67, pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court to the charges in the criminal case. The once-powerful producer reportedly wanted to testify, but his lawyers stopped him. The defense team largely argued that Weinstein’s accusers engaged in consensual sex to bolster their own careers. Weinstein’s legal team called seven witnesses across four days.

On its fourth day of deliberations, the jurors indicated that they were split on some charges against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, according to multiple reports. The judge reportedly told the jury to continue deliberating toward a unanimous verdict on all charges, which they reached Monday.

Since a New York Times investigation about Weinstein by reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor was published in October 2017, more than 100 women have publicly accused him of sexual assault or harassment. 

After the Times report was published, the #MeToo movement was reignited around the world, along with a broader conversation on harassment in the workplace across industries.

Weinstein was charged with additional sex crimes in Los Angeles the same day his sex crimes trial in New York began. He was charged by LA prosecutors with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate instances in 2013.