Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Harvey Weinstein: Guilty of Sexual Assault

Harvey Weinstein (right) has been found guilty of sexual assault, capping a stunning downfall for the former Hollywood mogul and a victory for the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. 

Weinstein, 67, was convicted in New York City of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act. He faces up to 25 years in prison. On top of that, he still faces charges in Los Angeles of assaulting two women in 2013. 

At least 80 women had accused him of sexual misconduct stretching back decades, including actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek. 

The allegations were at the center of the #MeToo movement that inspired women to go public with misconduct allegations against powerful men. The movie executive once enjoyed phenomenal success with Oscar winners such Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The King's Speech and Shakespeare in Love. 

The jury of seven men and five women reached their verdict on Monday, the fifth day of deliberations. 

Weinstein – who denied all charges – was convicted of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, in 2013. The judge ordered him sent to jail immediately. 

But the jury acquitted him on two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carried a potential life sentence, and first-degree rape of Mann. 

In the minutes after the verdict, Weinstein showed no emotion as he talked to his lead lawyer Donna Rotunno. He will be sentenced on March 11.

Celtic was a goal down – losing to a 6-minute Kilmarnock penalty – but recovered to win handsomely and march 12 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership. 

It was pretty much predictable because Celtic did what champions do. They continued their relentless and now seemingly inevitable march to the title – their goal scorers on Sunday were Kristoffer Ajer (28), Odsonne Edouard (33) and Leigh Griffiths (62).

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