Harvey Weinstein convicted of rape in Los Angeles
Updated: Dec 28, 2022
The Los Angeles rape trial of Harvey Weinstein has officially come to an end.
The jury in the Los Angeles trial of Harvey Weinstein found the film producer guilty for raping a woman, as reported by The Los Angeles Times. Weinstein was convicted on three of seven charges brought against him.
Jurors deliberated for more than nine days before deciding to convict Weinstein of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, and sexual penetration by a foreign object. The three charges come from a woman’s account of Weinstein attacking her in a Beverly Hills hotel room in 2013.
The woman said in a statement:
“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 … I hope Weinstein never sees the outside of a prison cell during his lifetime.”
Unsurprisingly, Weinstein will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars as he’s currently 70-years-old, not in the best of health, and facing a 23-year sentence back in New York.
Regarding three other women in the case, the jury either acquitted Weinstein or could not reach a verdict on whether he assaulted them in Beverly Hills hotel rooms between 2004 and 2013.
The jury will return on Tuesday to deliberate on whether the judge should include unspecified aggravating factors while deciding the disgraced producer’s fate. Weinstein faces up to 18 years in prison, but it could rise to a 24-year sentence if aggravating factors are considered.
Upon his arrival from New York, Weinstein was initially facing 140 years bars if he was found guilty in the LA case. The original 11 sexual assault charges were reduced to only seven when four counts relating to Jane Doe #5 was removed from the case.