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Weinstein Found Guilty of Criminal Sex Act, Third-Degree Rape

Weinstein Found Guilty of Criminal Sex Act, Third-Degree Rape

He faces up to 25 years in prison.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NsJH833LZM

A jury found disgraced former media mogul Harvey Weinstein guilty of criminal sex act and third-degree rape.

Accusations against Weinstein became public in the fall of 2017, which spawned the #MeToo movement. Actresses told their stories to The New York Times and Ronan Farrow.

From Fox News:

He was found guilty of criminal sex act for assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006 and third-degree rape of a woman in 2013. The jury found him not guilty on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault, that could have resulted in a life sentence.

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 jury of seven men and five women handed down the on Monday after five days of deliberating.

Weinstein has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual.

Weinstein did not testify even though he wanted to. Reports say his team decided against it to avoid “the risk of prosecutors” going after him on cross-examination.

However, defense lawyer Arthur Aidala said Weinstein’s “lawyers felt prosecutors ‘failed miserably’ to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Weinstein’s lawyers probably felt that way because two of the victims kept in touch with after the assaults.

The rape victim, who remains anonymous, acknowledged “she had a sexual encounter with him more than three years afterward.” She also sent him “friendly and sometimes flirtatious emails.”

The lawyers caused the woman to break “down in tears on the stand.” She explained she sent those messages “because she was afraid of his unpredictable anger and ‘I wanted him to believe I wasn’t a threat.'”

Women have described Weinstein as Jekyll and Hyde. While he appears interested in your career it’s all a show to get women alone in a room. One woman said she turned down Weinstein, who then ‘sneered, ‘You’ll never make it in this business. This is how this industry works.'”

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OleDirtyBarrister | February 24, 2020 at 1:06 pm

It would be funny if that old liberal hack and pervert had to put up with the conservative hack, dirty trickster and pervert, Roger Stone, in prison.

I’d like to be a fly on the wall if those two had to spend a lot of time together in a confined space.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 24, 2020 at 1:11 pm

When do they catch and convict Hilary’s Huma’s Wiener??????

He has consensual sex with a woman after 2006. But years later, in 2019, she remembers he raped her in 2006.

Those shots with the walker and the wheelchair are just too cute for words.

Why not go the whole nine and wheel him in in an iron lung?

    walls in reply to NotCoach. | February 24, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I wonder where that Ted “The Swimmer” Kennedy neck brace is now …

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to walls. | February 24, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      It’s in a warehouse, filled with artifacts of the Kennedy family. It’s all be held for the eventual construction of a museum.

      The neck brace is there, along with the remains of a flood-damaged Oldsmobile; a Piper Saratoga airplane, somewhat damaged; a Jeep used by a Kennedy during a reckless driving incident that caused a passenger to lose an arm; and other such souvenirs of this wonderful, honored family.

Hillary clinton is nervous.

Harvey’s walker prop would have been more effected if he used one with tennis balls on the front legs.

You guys are funny. I had to log in just to upvote.

If it wasn’t reported at the time, it didn’t happen. A good rule for he said she said.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to rhhardin. | February 24, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    I have a big problem with convicting someone with no tangible, verifiable evidence.

    In my experience, there are plenty of women who do flirt, holding put the possibility of sexual favors, and some are much more aggressive that that. This doesn’t just happen when hiring.

    I started my first business when I was 19, and hired a gorgeous young lady. We became involved. There were lots of fights and making up.

    The problem was that when she was mad at me she was nasty with everyone.

    So I hunted around friends with businesses, and she was recruited, my problem solved. Less than a year later she became a model, married big money, and used to fly into town on a private Lear Jet to visit her parents.

    That taught me a lesson, and regardless of how tempting, I never became involved with an employee again.

    I had a ridgid policy, no employee was allowed to lip their wick in any company vessel. I canned them if they did. Nothing good every came from these issues, one or the other party always ended up with hurt feelings and decreased productivity.

      It seems to me, as a technical matter, that the statute of limitations for prosecuting a crime is confused with the time allowed for reporting it. The reporting ought to be prompt, in the case where regret and mind-changing and recovered memories might be involved. It’s #MeToo bait otherwise. Lawyers’ gravy train and deep pockets.

On-point lede:

“Weinstein guilty of actual sexual assaults. NY jury also finds voluntary, transactional sex for career advancement heinous, and Weinstein personally icky, but neither criminal.”

Tabloid headlines:
“Weinstein jury finds if he’s after everybody, you’re not being discriminated against.”

“Prosecutors in Weinstein case regret strategy to avoid facilitating prostitution charges.”

    persecutor in reply to Valerie. | February 24, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    That was the “perp walk” on the day he surrendered and was arraigned. NYPD do not have jurisdiction on remands from the courtroom….NYS Court Officers took custody of him in the courtroom and he was transferred to the City Department of Corrections in the basement of the Courthouse.
    All things considered, I don’t think he’s that good an actor to sustain the charade while on Rikers Island.

OleDirtyBarrister | February 24, 2020 at 7:05 pm

That idiot Napolitano on Fox has been babbling about the conviction on two counts as a “major problem” for the prosecution. He is so wrong so often that a broken clock would provide better legal analysis. A know-it-all, poseur layman like Milhouse in the comments section of this forum might even be wrong less frequently.

The prosecution had a big problem with the facts in the case in that the women did not, among other things: (1) immediately accuse Dirty Harvey of rape; (2) file a report with police, go to the DA, or hire counsel; (3) go to a hospital or doctor and have rape kits prepared to preserve physical evidence; and (4) they socialized and interacted with him after the fact in a manner that is inconsistent with a hostile act of rape and severe physical and emotional injury from the same. But the prosecutors still managed to convict him on two counts that could send him to prison for 25 years plus, which would amount to a life sentence for a 67 year old man.

It was a big win for the prosecutors because their case had a lot of warts on it and a big loss for Weinstein who is absolutely ruined and may die in jail. Plus, Weinstein has to stand trial on other criminal counts and this conviction will adversely affect sentencing and incarceration if convicted in that case.

    Dantzig93101 in reply to OleDirtyBarrister. | February 24, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    He was convicted of being a despicable person. Everything else was just window dressing for revenge.

      Bingo. Charges brought outside many states’ statute of limitations (14 and 8 years ago), with inconsistent testimony at variance with their following behavior, and the prosecution allowed to bring forward witnesses from as long as *20+* years ago.

      I can’t imagine defending myself against a criminal charge that happened over a few years ago, max.

This was a power move to take down the King. On a plus note, those who are now stepping into his shoes got there this way and not through competence, which means that the great movies which he backed and produced will no longer be made, and those in Hollywood who conspired to take him out will now end up in a worse position than before, with much less money coming their way.

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