Harvey Weinstein’s latest legal case has come to a close in Los Angeles, with the movie mogul convicted on three of seven counts of sexual assault. Now, it’s likely he’ll tack on decades more prison time to the 23-year sentence he’s already serving following his conviction in New York.
- The charges against Harvey Weinstein in his Los Angeles trial were horrific. A jury found him guilty of all charges brought by Jane Doe 1, including forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by a foreign object, and forcible rape. Charges of sexual battery by restraint, forcible oral copulation, and forcible rape related to Jane Doe 2 and 4 left the jury hung. The only count he was acquitted of was sexual battery by restraint relating to Jane Doe 3.
- The trial featured many witnesses to Weinstein’s crimes. California governor Gavin Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, took the stand during the trial, at one point being asked to recreate the orgasm she faked with Weinstein. “This is not ‘When Harry Met Sally.’ I’m not doing that,” she told the court before beginning to cry. “I was making noises to get him to finish. He had already raped me. This is so gross.”
- Weinstein’s rep is still painting her client as the victim. In a statement following the verdict, she told TMZ: “Harvey is obviously disappointed in the verdict. However, the accounts of Jane Doe 1 have a high likelihood of an appeal with positive results. Her logistics of the time and location of the incident do not make sense. Harvey is grateful for the jury’s work on the other counts and he’s going to continue his legal fight.”
- Weinstein entered a not-guilty plea back in 2021. It was no surprise, really. He has always claimed his innocence in the face of dozens of women’s accusations and many instances of hard proof.