Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark #MeToo moment

Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday at his sexual assault trial.

#MeToo movement: Harvey Weinstein found guilty of sexual assault, rape
Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday at his sexual assault trial, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to arch villain of the #MeToo movement.

The verdict followed weeks of often harrowing and excruciatingly graphic testimony from a string of accusers who told of rapes, forced oral sex, groping, masturbation, lewd propositions and that's-Hollywood excuses from Weinstein about how the casting couch works.

The conviction was seen as a long-overdue reckoning for Weinstein after years of whispers about his behavior turned into a torrent of accusations in 2017 that destroyed his career and gave rise to #MeToo, the global movement to encourage women to come forward and hold powerful men accountable for their sexual misconduct.


The jury of seven men and five women took five days to find him guilty.

The case against the once-feared producer was essentially built on three allegations: that he raped an aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013, that he forcibly performed oral sex on another woman, production assistant Mimi Haleyi, at his apartment in 2006, and that he raped and forcibly performed oral sex on "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra in her apartment in the mid-1990s.

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court.
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court.

ADVERTISEMENT
Three additional women who said they, too, were attacked by Weinstein also testified as part of an effort by prosecutors to show a pattern of brutish behavior on his part.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sex crimes unless they grant permission, as Haleyi and Sciorra did.

Jurors signaled their struggles with the Sciorra charges four days into deliberations. On Friday, after reviewing sections of her testimony and related evidence, they sent a note to the judge indicating they were deadlocked on the counts but had reached a unanimous verdict on the others. After some debate in the courtroom, the judge ordered jurors to keep deliberating.

While Weinstein did not testify, his lawyers contended that any sexual contact was consensual and that his accusers went to bed with him to advance their careers.

ADVERTISEMENT
The defense seized on the fact that two of the women central to the case stayed in contact with Weinstein through warm and even flirty emails - and had sex with him - well after he supposedly attacked them.

Jurors at Harvey Weinstein's New York City rape trial are set to resume deliberations Monday after signaling they are at odds on the top charges in the closely watched #MeToo case.

ADVERTISEMENT
The jury sent a note to Judge James Burke at the end of a fourth day of deliberations on Friday, asking if it was permissible for the panel to be hung on one or both counts of predatory sexual assault against the disgraced movie mogul while reaching a unanimous verdict on lesser charges.

The judge responded by ordering the jury to keep deliberating and try to reach a unanimous decision. The query sparked speculation that the trial could end with a partial verdict, but Burke has not addressed that.
Weinstein has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual.
Weinstein has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual.

Previous notes suggested that jurors were focused on a key aspect of both predatory sexual assault counts - "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra's allegations that Weinstein attacked her in the mid-1990s. The jury must factor in Sciorra's account, along with the accusations that Weinstein raped an aspiring actress in March 2013 and forced oral sex on former film and TV production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006, to find him guilty of predatory sexual assault.

A guilty verdict on just one of those two predatory sexual assault charges would likely send Weinstein to prison for the rest of his life.

Weinstein has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual.

The Associated Press has a policy of not publishing the names of people who allege sexual assault without their consent. It is withholding the name of the 2013 rape accuser because it isn't clear whether she wishes to be identified publicly.

Trump In India: Quotes Vivekanada, Mentions ‘DDLJ’ & ‘Sholay’, Kohli & Tendulkar In Speech; Khaman, Samosa On The Menu At Sabarmati
1/6

American President Donald Trump arrived in India, on Monday, for his maiden visit to the country, along with First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The Trumps kicked off the first leg of their trip with a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram and the ‘Namastey Trump’ event, organised at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Addressing a cheering crowd at the stadium with a capacity of 1.10 lakh, Trump gave a shout out to Bollywood films with a special mention of Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘DDLJ’ and Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra’s ‘Sholay’.

Talking about Bollywood, he said, “This is the country that produces nearly 2,000 movies from the hub of genius and creativity known as Bollywood”.

Adding, “All over the planet people take great joy in watching Bollywood films, bhangra, and classic films like DDLJ and Sholay.”

He also spoke about India’s other love, cricket, naming Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli in his speech.

Here’s a look at what all America’s First Family has been upto ever since they set foot on Indian soil.

American President Donald Trump arrived in India, on Monday, for his maiden visit to the country, along with First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner. The Trumps k..
Read More

That Modi and Trump share a close and an amicable bond with each other is well-known. From their famous, firm handshake at the G20 Summit to them hugging it out during Modi’s visit to the US, we have seen bromance between the two world leaders grow with each passing day.

So, when POTUS Donald Trump arrived at Sardar Vallabhbhai Airport in Gujarat, it was expected that the two men would show affection with each other and that’s exactly what happened.

When the Trumps walked out of the ‘Air Force One’, PM Modi welcomed the President with a warm hug. The two then walked together as they enjoyed performances by traditional dancers, organised to showcase Indian culture.

That Modi and Trump share a close and an amicable bond with each other is well-known. From their famous, firm handshake at the G20 Summit to them hugging it out during Modi’s visit to the US, we have..
Read More

The First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump and Trump’s daughter, American businesswoman Ivanka Trump also in India for the visit are known to make statements with their sartorial choices.

Stepping out of the ‘Air Force One’ at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport, Melania Trump turned heads in a white jumpsuit paired with a belt.

Meanwhile Ivanka Trump also made a statement in a blue dress with pink flowers.

The First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump and Trump’s daughter, American businesswoman Ivanka Trump also in India for the visit are known to make statements with their sartorial choices.Step..
Read More

After Trump, Modi and Melania exchanged pleasantries, they left the airport and visited the famous Sabarmati Ashram. For the unversed, Sabarmati Ashram is the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent a majority of his life. It is also the site where he started his famous Satyagrah movement.

Donald and Melania Trump spent about 15 minutes at the Ashram and even visited the room where Mahatma Gandhi spent 12 years of his life.

The First Family tried their hand at spinning the famous charkha, which went on to become one of the most famous symbols of Gandhi’s freedom movement, and also garlanded an image of the Mahatma.

PM Modi also presented a memento of Mahatma Gandhi's ‘Three Wise Monkeys’ to the US President.

Trump also signed the visitor’s book at the Ashram, writing a message for PM Modi.

“To my great friend - Prime Minister Modi, thank you for this wonderful visit!”, wrote Trump.

After Trump, Modi and Melania exchanged pleasantries, they left the airport and visited the famous Sabarmati Ashram. For the unversed, Sabarmati Ashram is the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent a major..
Read More

It would indeed be a cardinal sin to set foot on the Indian soil and not eat some of the most well-known and appreciated delicacies that the subcontinent has to offer. During their 15-minute stay in ‘Hriday Kunj’, the room in Sabarmati where Gandhi stayed, Donald, Melania, Ivanka and Jared Kushner were treated with a high-tea menu.

They were served a delectable spread of authentic Gujarati delicacies like Khaman, samosa made of broccoli and corn, chai and kaju-katli.

It wasn’t just Indian fare on offer. The spread also includes juice, assorted cookies, fortune cookies and apple pie in case the guests wanted a taste of home.

Bon appetit, indeed!

It would indeed be a cardinal sin to set foot on the Indian soil and not eat some of the most well-known and appreciated delicacies that the subcontinent has to offer. During their 15-minute stay in ..
Read More

President Trump, First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, and PM Modi arrived at the Motera Stadium in Gujarat to kickstart the ‘Namaste Trump’ event.

Trump addressed the crowd present at the stadium and spoke at length about the achievements of the Modi government - from providing electricity to villages in the country to making India a country that rises by setting its people free.

From quoting Swami Vivekananda to lauding PM Modi’s journey from a ‘Chaiwallah’ to the Prime Minister of the country, there was plenty of Hindi wordplay in Trump’s speech.

“While our nations have many differences, they are both defined and propelled by a fundamental truth, the truth that all of us are endowed with a sacred soul, as the great religious teacher, Swami Vivekananda once said, ‘the moment I stand in reverence before every human being, and seek God in him, that moment, I am free’.”

President Trump, First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, and PM Modi arrived at the Motera Stadium in Gujarat to kickstart the ‘Namaste Trump’ event. Trump addressed the crowd present at the ..
Read More

Download
The Economic Times Business News App
for the Latest News in Business, Sensex, Stock Market Updates & More.
READ MORE
ADVERTISEMENT

READ MORE:

LOGIN & CLAIM

50 TIMESPOINTS

More from our Partners

Loading next story
Text Size:AAA
Success
This article has been saved

*

+