Harvey Weinstein is found guilty of criminal sexual assault and rape and faces up to 25 years in prison BUT is cleared of the three most serious charges in landmark #MeToo trial

Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of third degree rape and a criminal sexual act but was acquitted of being a serial sexual predator in his high profile New York trial. 

The disgraced Hollywood producer was convicted by a jury of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013. 

He now faces up to 25 years in prison. 

Weinstein was acquitted of the two most serious counts of predatory sexual assault, which carried a potential life sentence. He was also found not guilty of first degree rape in relation to Mann. 

He was flanked by court security officers and did not react when the jury handed down their verdict on Monday during their fifth day of deliberations.  

Harvey Weinstein is pictured arriving at Manhattan’s criminal court on Monday before jurors reached a verdict in his high-profile rape trial

Weinstein was charged with five counts including first and third degree rape for Mann and a criminal sexual act for Haleyi’s forcibly oral sex allegation. He was also charged with predatory sexual assault for both women.

The predatory sexual assault charge, which is the most serious, incorporated Sopranos actress Anabella Sciorra’s allegation that she was raped by Weinstein in the mid-1990s.

Sciorra’s allegation was too old to be charged on its own because of the statute of limitations, but jurors had to consider it as the basis of the two counts of predatory sexual assault.

To convict Weinstein of that charge, jurors had to agree on two things: That Weinstein raped Sciorra and that he committed one of the other charged offenses related to Mann or Haleyi.

Jurors were instructed that if they decided he was not guilty of predatory sexual assault, they could still consider the rape or criminal sexual act charges.

The predatory sexual assault charge is punishable by 25 years to life in prison, while first degree rape and the criminal sexual act charge can each bring 25 year sentences. The third degree rape charge carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Three other women – costume designer Dawn Dunning, model Tarale Wulff and actress Lauren Marie Young – were also called to testify during the trial that Weinstein allegedly groped and sexually assaulted them.

Their accusations were not the basis of any charges but they were brought in to help prosecutors show Weinstein had a particular intention or showed a signature behavior pattern when he invited women to meet with him.


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