What now for Harvey? While the convicted rapist waits to be convicted, he faces further charges in LA
Harvey Weinstein will face a second series of indictments in Los Angeles after a New York jury found him guilty of raping and sexually assaulting two women.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles confirmed that they “absolutely continue” with the additional claims after the shamed film producer, 67, was ordered to be sentenced on March 11 on Rikers Island.
Apart from the trial in New York, Weinstein was accused in 2013 of sexual abuse of two women. He is accused of raping one woman and sexually abusing the other on consecutive nights. The charges were announced the night before his rape trial in New York began.
And with The Weinstein Co. bankrupt and his wealthy ruins, Weinstein also faces the prospect of paying millions of dollars to dozens of accusers in individual civil claims.
Outside the court, Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, said that he had taken the verdict “like a man” and that they were “absolutely appealing” to the condemnation of New York.
“Harvey is very strong. Harvey is incredibly strong. He took it as a man. He knows that we will continue to fight for him and knows that this is not over yet, “she said.
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Weinstein has maintained his innocence and a lengthy struggle is likely. He will also face a second series of charges in Los Angeles after a New York jury found him guilty of raping and sexually assaulting two women
The prosecutors of Los Angeles said that Weinstein and his unidentified prosecutor attended a Hollywood film festival on 17 February 2013.
After the woman returned to her hotel room, Weinstein knocked on her door and let him in. They spoke shortly before she claimed that he had attacked and raped her.
Prosecutors said that the woman had postponed the disclosure of the alleged attack because Weinstein partially threatened her life.
The following evening, the second prosecutor – model and actress Lauren Marie Young who testified in New York – said she was going to the Weinstein hotel room with an acquaintance of her after a business meeting.
According to the legal documents, she unintentionally followed Weinstein into the bathroom and the knowledge closed the door behind her. Weinstein bared naked, took a short shower, stripped the alleged victim naked, and then masturbated before he released her.
He is confronted up to 28 years in California prison if convicted on charges.
Weinstein was convicted by a New York jury of sexually abusive former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in his apartment in 2006 and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013 in a hotel room.
He was acquitted of the two most serious counts of predatory assault, each of which involved a possible life sentence. He was also found not guilty of rape in the first degree against Mann.
An ambulance with Harvey Weinstein will be escorted Monday from a courthouse in Manhattan
A jury found Weinstein guilty on Monday of raping one woman and sexually abusing another
Weinstein, who was brought to court with a walker for most of the trial, now faces a 29-year prison sentence and seals his dizzying fall from the powerful Hollywood studio boss to become the patriarch of the # MeToo movement.
His conviction as a rapist on Monday puts a dramatic end to the spectacular demise of one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry.
Judge James Burke had initially ordered Weinstein, prisoner 06581138Z, to be taken immediately to Rikers Island. Instead, Weinstein was sent by ambulance to the Bellevue Hospital Center on Monday after chest pain.
But he will eventually arrive in prison – where violence and neglect are so deeply rooted that Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to close it in 2017 – after his release from the hospital.
Weinstein was convicted by a jury of sexually abusive former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 (left) and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013 (right)
The shamed Hollywood producer was handcuffed in court before being led away. He has been detained until his March 11 sentence and is likely to be detained in the grim Rikers Island prison in New York City
Weinstein’s lawyers demand that the 67-year-old be sent to the North Infirmary Command of the prison – two wet buildings with sick prisoners and people with sufficient fame to demand protection from their neighbors.
The New York Correction Department refused to say where it would be sent.
The prosecutors of New York also welcome Weinstein’s conviction as a crucial moment that could change the way the justice system views a kind of sexual violence case that was historically considered difficult to prove.
Most of the women who testified against Weinstein remained in contact with him – and sometimes had consensual sexual encounters with him – after alleged attacks. No one reported his crimes immediately. There was little physical evidence to reinforce their stories.
In any case, the jury condemned the producer as found guilty of raping one woman in 2013 and sexually abusing another in 2006.
“This is a new day,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. after the verdict was announced. ‘Rape is rape, whether the survivor reports within an hour, within a year or perhaps never. The rape despite the complicated dynamics of power and permission after an attack. It is rape, even if there is no physical evidence. “