Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty

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Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty on two out of the five charges pressed against him. Colin Dwyer and Vanessa Romo from NPR state that a jury in Manhattan found Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual abuse. However, Weinstein was acquitted of one count of first degree rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault. The decision was made by the jury after 30 hours of deliberation within a span of five days. Harvey Weinstein’s sentencing is set to take place on March 11. Weinstein’s defense attorney Donna Rotunno has asked the court to grant Weinstein a bail with promise, meaning Weinstein must wear an ankle monitor. 

Weinstein began producing films in the late 1970s and has produced countless titles over the years. He founded the producing company Miramax in 1979 with his brother. In 1993, Disney acquired the company, and the brothers created The Weinstein Company in 2005. The Weinstein Company produced several high profile films including Inglourious Basterds, The King’s Speech and Django Unchained. Throughout his career until 2017, Weinstein collaborated with many Hollywood celebrities such as Quentin Tarantino, Gwenyth Paltrow and Jennifer Lawrence. 

Harvey Weinstein entering courtroom.

The case of Harvey Weinstein was brought up after numerous women came forward with stories about the former Hollywood producer that spanned back decades. The allegations against Weinstein intensified after the 2017 publication of the victims’ exposes in The New York Times. The verdict of the Weinstein case represents a victory for victims of sexual assault and is a big win for the MeToo movement as well. After the conclusion of the New York trials, Weinstein will go on trial in Los Angeles after LA prosecutors charged Weinstein over a case dating back to 2013.