Notorious movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of rape in a California trial.
The 70-year-old predator went on trial in Los Angeles charged with raping and sexually assaulting two women and sexually assaulting two others.
A jury found him guilty of raping one woman but not guilty of sexually assaulting another.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict on charges related to the other two women.
In addition to being convicted of rape, Weinstein was also found guilty of forced oral sex and another count of sexual misconduct involving a woman named Jane Doe 1.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker has Sent 23 years for rape and sexual assault being being Convicted in landmark court case In New York in 2020, this is seen as #Me too move.
However, earlier this year, he leave to appeal.
So the month-long Los Angeles trial, widely seen as emblematic, takes on even greater significance.
In closing arguments, prosecutors urge jurors to complete Weinstein’s Fallen from grace, thinking it’s time to end his “reign of terror”.
In turn, his lawyers argued that the four women were not worthy of trust.
Alan Jackson argued that the story of Weinstein allegedly sexually assaulting two women on consecutive days in 2013 “simply didn’t happen.”
He also said Weinstein’s alleged rapes and assaults on two other women in 2005 and 2010 were “100 percent consensual” encounters by women for professional advancement.
Once one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood, whose films include “Shakespeare in Love,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient” and “Gangs of New York,” Weinstein had the power to make and break film careers .
But in October 2017, he was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, amid reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker. He was also accused of reaching the settlement to keep the story under wraps.
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In the months that followed, dozens more women came forward to accuse Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment going back decades.
He admitted his actions “caused a lot of pain” but always denied all sexual allegations against him.
It was this moment that gave birth to the #MeToo movement, as women came forward to detail incidents involving powerful figures in the entertainment industry and beyond.
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