Finally, Judge gives a verdict to a rape accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein which surfaced during the #MeToo movement in 2005. After weeks of testimony from several women including celebrities and more than 26 hours of deliberation, the jury found Harvel Weinstein guilty of two out of five charges he faced in this case.
The 67-year-old faced charges including first-degree rape, third-degree rape and predatory sexual assault. Authorities have said he’s suspected of raping one woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on another in 2006. Weinstein denied the allegations and insisted all sexual encounters were consensual.
Weinstein is going to jail.
Judge just remanded Weinstein into custody without a bail package for the first time. Judge will make a judicial request for Weinstein to be placed in the infirmary wile in custody.
— Mark Remillard (@MarkJRemillard) February 24, 2020
The jury said Weinstein was not guilty of three other charges including charges of predatory sexual assault, the most serious of the alleged crimes.
He could have faced up to life in prison if he had been convicted of all five counts, according to CNN.
Update 12:18 p.m. EST Feb. 24: Weinstein’s publicist says the producer’s attorney is filing an appeal, CNN reported.
Update 12:14 p.m. EST Feb. 24: A judge has ordered Weinstein to jail immediately, ABC News reported.