Harvey Weinstein Convicted in LA Rape Case. Awaits Sentences

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Harvey Weinstein could spend the rest his life in prison after a Los Angeles jury convicted him of rape Monday.

The jury deliberated for nine consecutive days before arriving at a verdict. Weinstein, 70 was convicted of forcible sexual rape, forcible oral coulation, and sexual penetration with a foreign object. 

All thee convictions stem from a 2013 incident during which Weinstein attacked a woman identified as Jane Doe #1 in court at a Los Angeles hotel room.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the California First Lady, was one of those who gave evidence at the trial. Her sexual assault allegations were not substantiated by the jury, so she made a statement.

“Harvey Weinstein will never be able to rape another woman,”The statement is read. “He will spend the rest of his life behind bars where he belongs. Harvey Weinstein is a serial predator and what he did was rape.”

Jane Doe #1 made a statement following the announcement of the verdict by jurors. “Harvey Weinstein forever destroyed a part of me that night. I will never get that back, but I knew I had to see this through to the end.”

She stated later: “I hope Weinstein never sees the outside of a prison cell during his lifetime.”

Jane Doe #1 had spoken to the Los Angeles Times at the height of the #MeToo movement back in 2017 about the incident. “He grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do,” said the woman, who in the piece is identified as an Italian model. “He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me.”

The jury remained deadlocked on the rape and assault charges pertaining to one other women, Lauren Young. Prosecutors will be able to retry Siebel  and Young’s cases.

Jurors also acquitted Weinstein of a sexual battery charge related to allegations made by a massage therapist. 

Weinstein will be sentenced next month, with the charges he was convicted of carrying a maximum of 18 years in prison. Prosecutors are asking for a 24-year sentence however, arguing that there are aggravating factors at play.

Either sentence would put Weinstein behind bars until well after his 100th birthday.

Weinstein is already serving a 23-year prison sentence following his 2020 conviction in New York. There, a jury found him guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree.

The disgraced mogul was sentenced to 20 years in prison for criminal sexual act while the rape conviction resulted in a three-year prison sentence. Those sentences are to run consecutive, not concurrent.

Weinstein also faced charges of predatory sexual assault, one allegedly involving Mimi Haleyi and Anabella Sciorra and the second allegedly involving Jessica Mann and Sciorra.

In both cases, the jury came to a unanimous decision of not guilty on those charges, at which point they began to consider the lesser counts.

For Haleyi, that was criminal sexual assault, and the jury returned a guilty verdict.

The jury again came to a not guilty decision on the lesser count of first-degree rape in the case of Jessica Mann, but found Weinstein guilty of the lowest charge of third-degree rape.

Weinsten could not be charged with raping Sciorra due to the statute of limitations .

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community SupervisionWeinstein’s conditional parole date is November 9, 2039. He cannot begin Californian prison sentences until he reaches 87.

He appealed against the New York conviction and the highest New York court granted him a hearing.

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