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Harvey Weinstein Was Found Guilty of Rape and Sexual Assault

Count 1, for “predatory sexual assault.” Not guilty.Count 2, for “criminal sexual act in the first degree.” Guilty.Count 3, for “predatory sexual assault.” Not guilty. Count 4, for “rape in the first degree.” Not guilty. Count 5, for “rape in the third degree.” Guilty. Harvey Weinstein, the fallen Hollywood producer who sparked a worldwide cultural…

Harvey Weinstein Was Found Guilty of Rape and Sexual Assault

  • Count 1, for “predatory sexual assault.” Not guilty.
  • Count 2, for “criminal sexual act in the first degree.” Guilty.
  • Count 3, for “predatory sexual assault.” Not guilty.
  • Count 4, for “rape in the first degree.” Not guilty.
  • Count 5, for “rape in the third degree.” Guilty.

Harvey Weinstein, the fallen Hollywood producer who sparked a worldwide cultural reckoning about sexual assault and harassment, was found guilty of rape and a criminal sexual act Monday.

Weinstein, who was facing a total of five sex crime charges, was found not guilty of the most serious charges against him, two counts of predatory sexual assault. Those charges could have landed him in prison for life.

Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, but the criminal charges against him were largely linked to encounters with just two: ex-production assistant Miriam Haley, who says Weinstein forced oral sex on her in 2006; and Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, who says he raped her in 2013.

Weinstein, 67, was found guilty of raping Mann in the third degree, which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison. He was also found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree involving Haley, a charge whose maximum sentence is 25 years in prison.

After the verdict, Weinstein was ordered to head to jail to await sentencing on March 11, the New York Times reported.

Besides Mann and Haley, four other women testified against Weinstein during his trial, including “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra, as part of an effort by prosecutors to illustrate a pattern of abuse.

Sciorra had testified that Weinstein raped her at her apartment in the early 1990s, but her allegation was deemed too old to be tried separately. Instead, it was included in the predatory sexual assault charges, for which the jury of seven men and three women acquitted Weinstein.

Weinstein’s trial has frequently been framed as a referendum on the #MeToo movement, which washed across social media in late 2017 after the New York Times and the New Yorker published explosive reports about Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual harassment and rape.

The jurors were asked to grapple with many of the common “rape myths” — as one expert witness called them — that frequently dog women who report sexual assault and that the #MeToo movement has tried to dispel, such as the idea that abused women always cut off contact with their attackers.

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Haley and Mann, for example, both acknowledged that they continued to speak with Weinstein. Mann said she’d sometimes had willing sexual encounters with him.

During the trial, his defense pointed to these complex relationships as proof that Weinstein’s encounters with Haley and Mann were transactional but consensual. His accusers, Weinstein’s defense argued, had traded sexual favors in exchange for Weinstein’s wealth and power as a Hollywood producer. (Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex.)

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