Appellate judges raise doubts about Weinstein's conviction
A New York appeals court has excoriated Manhattan prosecutors for filling out Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial last year with what one judge deemed “incredibly prejudicial testimony” from women whose allegations weren’t part of the criminal charges against him.
Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark #MeToo trial
NEW YORK – Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday at his sexual assault trial, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement. The verdict followed weeks of often harrowing and excruciatingly graphic testimony from a string of accusers who told of rapes, forced oral sex, groping, masturbation, lewd propositions and that’s-Hollywood excuses from Weinstein about how the casting couch works. The conviction was seen as a long-overdue reckoning for Weinstein after years of whispers about his behavior turned into a torrent of accusations in 2017 that destroyed his career and gave rise to #MeToo, the global movement to encourage women to come forward and hold powerful men accountable for their sexual misconduct. The jury of seven men and five women took five days to find him guilty. Three additional women who said they, too, were attacked by Weinstein also testified as part of an effort by prosecutors to show a pattern of brutish behavior on his part.
About the 'Sopranos' actress who may testify against Harvey Weinstein
Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to five sexual assault charges, and his attorneys have argued the encounters were consensual. Why Sciorra's testimony mattersThat alleged attack is outside of the statute of limitations for sexual assault, and Weinstein is not directly charged with the encounter. If she does testify, Sciorra would not be the only witness to speak about alleged assaults. The sexual assault charges against Weinstein relate to two women -- one on July 10, 2006, and another on March 18, 2013. But the three additional witnesses would testify about other uncharged acts as prosecutors try to show Weinstein had a similar pattern of behavior.
Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to new charges
Weinstein is facing rape and sexual assault charges from two separate incidents. (CNN) - Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty to two new predatory sexual assault charges in a Manhattan criminal court on Monday. While these are two new charges, prosecutors said that if the judge finds them duplicative of the existing predatory sexual assault charges, then they would want to move forward on the new charges. That would effectively swap out the old predatory sexual assault charges for the new ones. To be found guilty of predatory sexual assault, prosecutors will have to prove Weinstein sexually assaulted more than one victim.
'Sopranos' actress may testify in Harvey Weinstein trial, source says
NEW YORK (CNN) - An actress whom Manhattan prosecutors have described as key witness in the Harvey Weinstein sex-crimes trial may have the chance to testify, a source told CNN Thursday. The indictment, which was returned by a grand jury, has not been publicly disclosed. But prosecutors have been jockeying for months to get the actress' account into the trial to support charges of predatory sexual assault against Weinstein. The defense sought to preclude her from testifying, saying it effectively charged him with a new crime that was never presented to the grand jury. In response to the ruling, Manhattan prosecutors convened another grand jury this month resulting in the latest indictment, which will be unsealed Monday.