Harvey Weinstein Guilty of Criminal Sex Act, 3rd Degree Rape

February 24, 2020

A jury found disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein guilty on some counts at his New York City sexual assault trial.

The verdict was reached Monday on the fifth day of deliberations.

Weinstein was convicted of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, but was found not guilty of the two most serious counts of predatory sexual assault, as well as rape in the first degree.

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On Friday, the jury told the judge they may deadlock on the most serious charges. That note added a new wrinkle to rape and sex abuse case against Weinstein, who is charged in alleged attacks on two women.

The judge gave the panel the weekend off after they indicated that they could be split on the top two charges of predatory sexual assault while unanimous on the lesser counts of rape  and performing a criminal sexual act.

To find Weinstein guilty of either predatory sexual assault charge that jury would have to unanimously determine he raped former “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra in the mid-1990s and either forcibly performed oral sex on former film and TV production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006 or raped aspiring actress Jessica Mann in March 2013.

If they don't believe Haley or Mann's testimony, there would be no reason to consider Sciorra's testimony.

Weinstein's lawyers said they were fine with a partial verdict, but the prosecution said no way.

Judge James Burke told the jury to return to the deliberation room.

A guilty verdict on just one of those two predatory sexual assault charges would likely send Weinstein to prison for the rest of his life.

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