Harvey Weinstein has been convicted of rape and sex crimes against one of four accusers at his Los Angeles trial. In a mixed verdict, the jury acquitted the case relating to one of the women and was unable to reach a decision regarding two others.
The disgraced former Hollywood mogul, 70, is already serving a 23-year sentence in New York state for his 2020 rape conviction and in June lost his appeal against that sentence. He now faces an additional 18 to 24 years behind bars.
The Los Angeles jury of eight men and four women took nine days to deliberate and returned guilty verdicts for counts of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and penetration by a foreign object in the case of Jane Doe 1, an Italian model, at the Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel in Los Angeles in February 2013.
Weinstein was acquitted of sexual battery restraint against Jane Doe 3. The jurors were deadlocked with regard to counts of forcible rape and forcible oral copulation in the case Jane Doe 4 (who previously identified herself publicly as Jennifer Siebel Newsom and is the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom) and a count of sexual battery by restraint in the case of Jane Doe 2.
The judge declared a mistrial on those three combined counts. The jury was hung eight-four in favour of convicting with regard to the Jane Doe 4 allegations and 10-two in favour of convicting with regard to the Jane Doe 2 allegations. California law requires unanimity for criminal convictions.
Weinstein has denied all charges, which range from 2005 to 2013. The jury will return on Tuesday to hear arguments related to aggravating factors, which will impact the length of his sentence.