Harvey Weinstein convicted on 2 charges in rape trial

Harvey Weinstein.
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Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty on two counts in his rape trial and could now receive more than 20 years behind bars.

Jurors on Monday found Weinstein guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, Variety reports. He was found not guilty on the two most serious charges of predatory sexual assault and was also acquitted on the first-degree rape charge.

Weinstein was facing five charges that centered around the allegations of two women: Mimi Haleyi, who alleges Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006, and Jessica Mann, who alleges Weinstein raped her in 2013. Another accuser, Annabella Sciorra, testified in support of the predatory sexual assault charges, which could have landed Weinstein a life sentence.

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The jury on Friday had asked if it could be hung on the counts of predatory sexual assault after spending multiple days examining Sciorra's allegations. The criminal sexual act in the first degree charge that Weinstein was convicted of relates to the Haleyi's allegations, while the rape in the third degree charge relates to Mann's allegation.

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women, and the allegations against him helped ignite the #MeToo movement. With this conviction, Weinstein faces up to 25 years in prison, The Washington Post notes. He is also facing charges in Los Angeles.

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan is a staff writer at The Week. A graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in journalism, he also writes about horror films for Bloody Disgusting and has previously contributed to The Cheat Sheet, Heavy, WhatCulture, and more. He lives in New York City surrounded by Star Wars posters.