#Me Too movement-Harvey Weinstein found guilty of sexual assault in Watershed case

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

25th Feb, 2020. 11:22 am
Former American film producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of sexual assault and rape, a victory for the #Me Too campaign.

Former American film producer Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of sexual assault and rape, a victory for the #Me Too campaign.

Harvey Weinstein was convicted of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual assault in New York.

The jury of 7 men and 5 women decided the verdict yesterday morning.

Harvey Weinstein denied all the charges.

The former film producer was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping former actress Jessica Mann in 2013. He was ordered by the judge to send him to jail immediately.

He faces up 25 years of imprisonment although he was cleared of the predatory sexual assault.

Harvey, 67, is still facing charges of assaulting two women in 2013 in Los Angeles.

He was accused of sexual assault by at least 80 women in the past years, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, and Salma Hayek.

The #Me Too movement was started that urged women to raise voices against powerful men. The allegations were imposed after this movement.

Harvey got success in his career with Oscar winners such as Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The King’s Speech and Shakespeare in Love.

  • Allegations against Weinstein began to emerge in October 2017, when the New York Times first reported incidents dating back decades
  • Weinstein issued an apology acknowledging he had “caused a lot of pain”, but disputed the allegations
  • As dozens of more accusations emerged, Weinstein was sacked by the board of his company and all but banished from Hollywood
  • A criminal investigation was launched in New York in late 2017, but Weinstein was not charged until May 2018, when he turned himself into police.

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