Weinstein, 70, is already serving a 23-year prison sentence, following his conviction in New York in 2020 on similar charges, which he has appealed.
The former producer’s defense also appealed against today’s conviction in Los Angeles, reported the agency France-Presse (AFP).
” I affirm that I am innocent. I have never raped or sexually assaulted Jane Doe 1 “, highlighted Weinstein, referring to the Italian model who cried in court while the former producer spoke.
This woman, identified only as Jane Doe 1, told in court how that criminal activity changed her her life: “I was excited about my future. Everything changed after the defendant brutally assaulted me. There is no prison sentence long enough to undo the damage”.
The Superior Court Judge of Los Angeles attorney Lisa B. Lench today handed down the sentence after rejecting a motion by Weinstein’s attorneys for a new trial.
On December 19, 2022, Weinstein f he was found guilty of rape and two sexual assaults, nearly half of the charges for which he had been prosecuted by four women, at the end of his trial in Los Angeles.
The jurors, however, found it on the charges of a second woman and have not issued a verdict on the charges of two others.
Weinstein who produced award-winning hits such as “Pulp Fiction” (1994) or “The Artist” (2011) , had already been sentenced in New York, in 2020, to 23 years in prison for similar actions.
The fall of this movie theater figure in 2017 freed the voices of many women and generated the # MeToo.
In this second trial, four women testified anonymously against Weinstein.
The former producer’s defense sought to cast doubt on the word of the four plaintiffs, highlighting in specific the absence of forensic evidence to support their stories.
After the ex-producer’s bad guy conviction, the model, acknowledges named as a victim at the end of the trial, filed a complaint in early February, in a Los Angeles court, to obtain civil compensation, although the amount claimed was not specified.
In 2021, an agreement civil had granted 17 million dollars (about 16 million euros) to several dozen women who accused the former producer, but this woman was not one of them.
Rumors about Weinstein’s behavior circulated for years in Hollywood, with the scandal finally ‘bursting’ in 2017, thanks to the investigations of the press that compiled several accusations.
Since then, almost 90 women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosanna Arquette, accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment, sexual assault or rape.
In addition to criminal prosecutions in the United States, the former producer is also accused in the United Kingdom of sexual assaults dating back to 1996.
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