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Harvey Weinstein Convicted Of Rape And Sexual Assaults

In continuation of the #metooera movement, a Manhattan jury has found Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual abuse but acquitted him of the most serious charges. The mixed verdict means the former Hollywood producer will likely spend time in prison.

This conviction will be a source of vindication for the ladies who came out to testify against the former producer that he attacked and sought to intimidate them.

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Although he was acquitted of the most serious charges, two counts of predatory sexual assault and one count of first-degree rape, which might have put him in a cell for the rest of his life, the jury convicted him of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act.

These allegations are from Miriam Haley, whose account was the basis of the criminal sex act charge, and Jessica Mann, whom the jury found had been raped by Weinstein.

The jury reached its decision after about 30 hours of deliberations over five days.

Weinstein did not visibly react as the verdict was read Monday. But defense lawyer Arthur Aidala said that Weinstein turned to him and that “all he kept saying is, ‘But I’m innocent. … I didn’t rape anyone.’ ”

He could face decades in prison. It will be up to New York Judge James Burke to determine just how long the 67-year-old will be behind bars. Sentencing is set for March 11.

In court, defense attorney Donna Rotunno asked Burke to grant bail on the condition that Weinstein continues to wear an ankle monitor, as he has done throughout the trial.

Weinstein will not be the first person to convicted for Sexual related cases in recent times.

R.Kelly was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. On July 11, 2019, Kelly was arrested on federal charges alleging sex crimes and obstruction of justice.

Kelly faces a total of 18 federal counts, including child pornography, kidnapping, and forced labor, as of July 12, 2019. As a result, he is currently incarcerated at Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago.

This is same with Bill Cosby, Cosby’s reputation was tarnished during the mid-2010s when numerous women made sexual assault accusations against him, the earliest dating back decades.

More than 60 women have accused him of either attempted sexual assault, rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, or sexual misconduct, all of which he has denied, and the statute of limitations had by the mid-2010s expired in nearly all cases.

Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault and sentenced to three to ten years in prison in September 2018.

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