Greater than two weeks after jury deliberations started in Los Angeles, the decision is in for disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. And so are the reactions.
The previous Miramax producer, 70, was discovered responsible Monday of raping a girl, recognized in courtroom as Jane Doe 1. He was convicted of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by a overseas object. Weinstein faces the opportunity of 18 or extra years in jail. Given his age, well being and the present 23-year time period he’s serving after his rape conviction in New York, he’ll possible spend the remainder of his life in jail.
Reacting to Monday’s verdict, Weinstein accuser and California first associate Jennifer Siebel Newsom stated a life time period was what the disgraced film mogul deserved.
“Harvey Weinstein will never be able to rape another woman. He will spend the rest of his life behind bars where he belongs,” she stated in an announcement shared with The Times. “Harvey Weinstein is a serial predator and what he did was rape.
“Throughout the trial, Weinstein’s lawyers used sexism, misogyny, and bullying tactics to intimidate, demean, and ridicule us survivors. This trial was a stark reminder that we as a society have work to do. To all survivors out there — I see you, I hear you, and I stand with you.”
Hollywood Fee Chair Anita Hill stated in an announcement Monday the decision was “a much-needed indication of our commitment to justice and individual accountability. But it is only one case, despite its profile and significance.” She added that the work to stop sexual assault was ongoing.
“While holding Individuals accountable demonstrates our collective commitment to meaningful change,” the assertion stated, “the entertainment industry needs to be equally focused on holding our institutions accountable.”
Monday’s reactions had been much like these accompanying the February 2020 responsible verdict in Weinstein’s rape trial in New York.
In his Los Angeles trial, he confronted two counts every of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual battery, in addition to a rely of sexual penetration by a overseas object stemming from allegations made by 4 girls, together with Siebel Newsom, who stated he attacked them in upscale Beverly Hills accommodations between 2004 and 2013. Prosecutors dropped 4 different counts within the midst of the proceedings when a fifth accuser refused to testify.
The jury couldn’t attain a verdict on the fees stemming from Siebel Newsom’s allegations, with eight in favor of convicting Weinstein and 4 opposed.
Reacting to Weinstein’s blended verdict Monday was actor Mira Sorvino, who additionally spoke out towards the longtime producer for sexual misconduct.
“Guilty. Again,” she tweeted. “I only regret that Jane Doe #2 & Jennifer Siebel Newsom & Lauren Young were denied justice.”
Through the emotional trial, eight girls took the stand to recount brutal assaults they alleged Weinstein dedicated, in a courtroom overseen by Los Angeles County Superior Court docket Choose Lisa Lench.
Prosecutors made closing arguments within the case on Nov. 30, and Weinstein’s protection attorneys gave theirs on Dec. 1. The jury started deliberations on Dec. 2 and met for 9 days over a two-week interval.
In an announcement Monday, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón praised the ladies who spoke out about Weinstein for exhibiting “extraordinary bravery in a case that put them in the national spotlight.” He famous that taking the stand may very well be “brutal,” including: “They deserve better than what the system has given them.”
And like others who’ve supported the Weinstein survivors, Gascon stated he was disenchanted with the break up verdict.
“These cases are never easy and this is no exception,” he wrote. “Our team will meet to determine whether or not we intend to retry the counts that were hung.”
Occasions workers writers James Queally and Noah Goldberg contributed to this report.