LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Former film producer Harvey Weinstein was
convicted today of sexually assaulting a woman in the Los Angeles area in 2013,
but jurors acquitted him of charges relating to a second alleged victim and was
unable to reach verdicts on charges relating to two other women.
Weinstein, 70, was convicted of three of the seven counts he was
facing — forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by a
foreign object. All three of those counts related to a victim referred to only
as Jane Doe #1, with the crimes occurring on or about Feb. 18, 2013.
The eight-man, four-woman jury acquitted him of a felony charge of
sexual battery by restraint involving an alleged attack on another woman —
Jane Doe #3 — in 2010. Meanwhile, the panel was unable to reach verdicts on
charges of sexual battery by restraint involving an alleged attack in February
2013 against Jane Doe #2 and counts of forcible oral copulation and forcible
rape involving an alleged attack against Jane Doe #4 in 2005.
Jane Doe #4 was publicly identified by her attorney as Jennifer Siebel
Newsom, the wife of Gov. Gavin Newsom.
A mistrial was declared on the counts on which the jury could not
reach a verdict.
Attorneys are due back in court Tuesday morning to deliver arguments
on aggravating factors in the case.
Jurors deliberated for roughly 41 hours over 10 sessions, twice
hearing read-backs of testimony from the trial — most recently on Monday
morning. The jury was originally handed the case on Dec. 2, and it submitted at
least one question to the judge during its deliberations, although the contents
of the query were not revealed.
Prosecutors argued during the trial that the Oscar-winning Weinstein
used his position as one of Hollywood’s most successful movie producers to gain
access to and sexually assault women. Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson
told jurors at the start of the case that Weinstein and his brother, Bob,
created Miramax Films, which produced a number of “iconic and award-winning
films” including “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient,” “Good Will
Hunting” and “Shakespeare In Love,” among others. The movies launched the
careers of Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow and Quentin Tarantino,
Weinstein won an Oscar as a producer of best-picture winner
“Shakespeare in Love.”
The producer did not testify in his own defense.
Weinstein, 70, was previously convicted in New York of raping an
aspiring actress and of a criminal sex act against a former production
assistant. That state’s highest court has since agreed to hear his appeal
involving that case.