On Monday, February 24, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape in the third degree and a count of criminal sex act in the first degree, but was acquitted of the two counts of predatory sexual assault. The result of Weinstein’s trial is a monumental moment in the #MeToo era, which gained traction back in 2017 after allegations against the now-disgraced movie mogul came to the surface.
After five days of deliberation, the seven men and five women of the jury read their verdict. Weinstein, 67, was convicted of a criminal sex act against Mimi Haley, a former project assistant on “Project Runway” who Weinstein forced oral sex on at his apartment in 2006, and the third-degree rape of Jessica Mann, a former aspring actress who Weinstein raped in 2013. He could face up to 29 years in prison for his crimes.
The jury found Weinstein not guilty, however, of first-degree rape against Mann, and of two counts of predatory sexual assault.
Weinstein was taken into custody right after 12 pm ET, and will be sentenced on March 11. Reports from NBC News say Weinstein showed no emotion when the verdict was read.
At least 100 women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment, making Weinstein’s guilty verdict one of the most important and symbolic cases ever. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr, who prosecuted the case, said that the women who testified, “changed the course of history in the fight against sexual violence,” continuing that the survivors, “weren’t just brave, they were heroic.”
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