Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape in Los Angeles trial

Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of one count of rape in a Los Angeles trial after nine days of deliberations.

The former Hollywood producer, 70, was sentenced to 23 years in prison on various charges of rape and sexual assault in New York.

He was found guilty of rape, forced oral sex and another count of sexual misconduct involving a woman identified as Jin Do Wan.

The jury was unable to reach a decision on several counts, and Weinstein was also acquitted of an allegation of sexual battery made by another woman.

Upon sentencing, the disgraced film producer faces up to 24 years in prison.

“It is time for the defendant’s reign of terror to end,” Deputy Attorney General Marilyn Martinez said in the prosecution’s closing argument. “It’s time to bring the kingmaker to justice.”

Lacking any forensic evidence or eyewitness accounts of the assaults Weinstein’s accusers said occurred from 2005 to 2013, the case hinged heavily on the stories and credibility of the four women at the center of the charges.

Among those accused was Jennifer Seibel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker whose husband is California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Her sharp and emotional testimony of being raped by Weinstein in a hotel room in 2005 made the trial its most dramatic moment.

Another was an Italian model and actress who said Weinstein appeared uninvited at the door of her hotel room during a 2013 film festival and raped her.

Lauren Young, the only defendant to testify in both Weinstein trials, said she was a model and aspiring actress and screenwriter who was meeting with Weinstein about a script in 2013 when he cornered her in a hotel bathroom, groped her and masturbated in front of her.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on the charges relating to Young.

A massage therapist testified that Weinstein did the same thing to her after getting a massage in 2010.

The women entered the Weinstein hotel suites or let him into their rooms, with no idea what awaited them, said Deputy District Attorney Marilyn Martinez concluding.

“Who would suspect that such a giant of the entertainment industry would be a degenerate usurper?” She said.

Defense attorneys said that two of the women were outright lying about their encounter with Weinstein, and that the other two had “100% consensual” sexual interactions that they later restated.

“Remorse is not the same as rape,” Weinstein attorney Alan Jackson said in his closing argument, urging jurors to look beyond the women’s emotional testimony and focus on the factual evidence.

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 were brought onto the platform to establish a pattern of sexual predation.

Weinstein hit four more criminal charges before the trial concluded even as prosecutors said the woman he accused of twice rape and twice sexual assault would not testify.

They refused to give a reason. Judge Lisa Lynch dismissed those charges.

Weinstein’s New York conviction survived an initial appeal, but the case is scheduled to be heard by the state’s highest court next year.

The California conviction, which is also likely to be appealed, means he will not get out of jail even if the East Coast conviction is overturned.

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