Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape by a Los Angeles court

An imprisoned former Hollywood king faces a new 24-year prison sentence for the 2013 rape of an Italian woman in Los Angeles.

Disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty by a Los Angeles, California jury of two counts of sexually assaulting an Italian actress and model — known as Jane Doe 1 — in Los Angeles, California.

After a month-long trial and nine days of deliberation, the three counts pleading guilty Monday to the second conviction of the sometime Hollywood kingmaker who became the infamous face of the #MeToo movement in the United States after a string of sexual assault allegations surfaced at five. years ago. The jury also acquitted the two, 70, or was unable to reach a verdict in the cases of the three other defendants.

Weinstein is already serving a 23-year prison sentence after being found guilty of sex crimes by a New York City court.

“Harvey Weinstein forever destroyed a part of me that night in 2013 and I will never get that back,” Jane Do1 said in a statement released shortly after Monday’s sentencing.

“The criminal trial was rough and Weinstein’s lawyers put me through hell on the witness stand, but I knew I had to see it through to the end, and I did. I hope Weinstein never sees the outside of a prison cell during his lifetime.”

Weinstein faces up to 18 years in prison for the charges for which he was convicted, but aggravating factors could increase that to 24 years.

The lawyers will return to court on Tuesday to present arguments regarding the aggravating factors.

“Sexist, misogynistic and bullying tactics”

The charges Weinstein was acquitted of on Monday related to an allegation of sexual battery made by a massage therapist who treated him at a hotel in 2010. Juries were also unable to reach a verdict on charges related to two other defendants, particularly charges of rape and sexual assault involving On Jennifer Seibel Newsom, documentary filmmaker and wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Harvey Weinstein will not be able to rape another woman. “He will spend the rest of his life behind bars, where he belongs,” Sibel Newsom said in a statement.

“Throughout the trial, Weinstein’s attorneys used sexist, misogynistic, and bullying tactics to intimidate, demean, and mock survivors. The trial was a stark reminder that we as a society have work to do.”

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said he was “disappointed” that the jury was divided on some of the counts against him.

But he said he hoped its “partial rulings will bring at least some measure of justice to the victims”.

Within five weeks of testifying in Los Angeles Superior Court, defendants including Sibel Newsom said Weinstein lured them into what they thought were business meetings. During the often graphic testimonies, the women alleged that the powerful producer of “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love” masturbated in front of them and groped or raped them.

Prosecutors called 40 other witnesses in an effort to give context and support to those stories.

Four other women were not part of the charges but testified that Weinstein raped or sexually assaulted them. They said he promised to help get an audition or a book deal, then arranged get-togethers where the staff disappeared, leaving them alone with him.

Weinstein said all of his sexual encounters were consensual and he pleaded not guilty.

Weinstein was first convicted of sexual misconduct in New York City in February 2020. He was extradited from New York City to a Los Angeles prison in July 2021.

Weinstein is appealing his conviction and prison sentence in New York City.

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