Harvey Weinstein found guilty on 2 counts in sexual assault case

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Harvey Weinstein found guilty on 2 counts in sexual assault case
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Harvey Weinstein found guilty on 2 counts in sexual assault case
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Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced former Hollywood producer, was found guilty of criminal sexual assault and of rape in the third degree in a New York court Monday. He was found not guilty of the more serious charges of predatory sexual assault and of rape in the first degree.

Donna Rotunno and Damon Cheronis, Weinstein’s defense attorneys, said in a statement they will be filing an appeal, claiming there were “extremely troubling” “issues” with this trial.

The outcome is seen as a landmark moment in the #MeToo movement, which was spurred into mainstream awareness after allegations against Weinstein were first reported in October 2017 by The New York Times and The New Yorker.

The judge in the case remanded Weinstein, 67, into custody without bail against his attorneys’ request. Rotunno said in court Monday she was requesting “house arrest,” citing “letters from his doctor,” as he “was found not guilty of the most serious charges he was charged with.”

Weinstein had been using a walker throughout the trial, and Rotunno and Cheronis said in their statement they are working to have Weinstein brought to Rikers’ Island’s North Infirmary Unit at the Anna M. Kross Center complex “or in protective custody so that he can get the best medical supervision and care possible.”

The former producer may be sentenced by the judge on March 11.

One accuser, Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi, a former production assistant who had worked for Weinstein, claimed he assaulted her at his apartment in 2006. The jury found that Weinstein forced a sex act on Haleyi.

The charge of rape in the third degree came from Jessica Mann, who is now being named by ABC News as she told the district attorney’s office she does not object to being named publicly. That charge came with sentencing guidelines of probation up to four years.

Cy Vance, the district attorney of Manhattan, said at a press conference that the case — and the women who testified against Weinstein — “pulled our justice system into the 21st century.”

In 2015, Vance, as district attorney, chose to not arrest or prosecute Weinstein for a misdemeanor sex crime after another woman, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, worked with police to report her allegation that Weinstein groped her.

“Rape is rape whether it’s committed by a stranger in a dark alley or a domestic partner in a working relationship,” Vance said, adding that he owes “an immense debt” to the women who “had the courage beyond measure” to testify.

Weinstein was charged with raping one woman, now acknowledged as Mann, in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman, who has identified herself as Haleyi, in 2006. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and claimed any sexual encounters were consensual.

In addition to the two women behind those charges, four others testified in support of prosecutors’ efforts to demonstrate a pattern of sexual predation.

You can read the rest of Chris Francescani and Alexandra Svokos’ article at ABCnews.com

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