Harvey Weinstein convicted for sexual assault, rape

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New York: Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one woman and rape in the third degree involving another.

Once one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, Weinstein was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.

He faces up to 25 years in prison on the sexual assault conviction. The sentencing hearing was scheduled for March 11. He was immediately put in handcuffs and taken into custody.

The case was a milestone for the #MeToo movement that inspired women to go public with misconduct allegations against powerful men, as well as support other survivors of sexual assault. Women and others called the conviction a “landmark” verdict online.

More than 80 women, including famous actresses, had accused him of sexual misconduct stretching back decades. He had denied the allegations and said any sexual encounters were consensual. His defence lawyers have said Weinstein will appeal the conviction.

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