Harvey Weinstein’s second trial in Los Angeles: The case of a Hollywood mogul accused of sexual assaults of women, is coming to an end
Harvey Weinstein’s second criminal trial over the alleged sexual assaults of women will take place in Los Angeles this week.
The start of the Los Angeles criminal trial comes five years after the first stories exposing his illicit actions against women were first published by The New York Times and The New Yorker. The stories helped to expand the movement and eventually take down other powerful men.
The three charges Weinstein was convicted of last December – rape, sexual penetration by a foreign object and forcible oral copulation – were all tied to Jane Doe 1, who testified the movie mogul assaulted her in a Beverly Hills hotel room in 2013.
The four counts that were dropped with no explanation were connected to an unnamed woman. She did not testify in the trial.
Weinstein did not testify during the trial. His attorneys claimed one of his accusers was a “bimbo”, and said the women were having sex with Weinstein in order to advance their careers in Hollywood. The attorney for Weinstein told the jury that sex in Hollywood was a commodity and that Weinstein was part of a “casting couch culture”.
The courtroom can only be entered by 24 reporters, with two sketch artists, according to the AP. Dozens were allowed to watch the trial in New York.
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Before he was kicked out of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, he received nominations for more than 400 Academy Awards, winning 81 of them.
Ms. Siebel Newsom is one of the many women who came forward to describe an encounter with Mr. Weinstein. Her lawyer confirmed on Monday that she was in the case where she faces four counts of rape and forcible oral copulation.
“Like many other women, my client was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein at a purported business meeting that turned out to be a trap,” said Beth Fegan, one of Newsom’s attorneys.
“She intends to testify at his trial to seek some measure of justice for survivors and as part of her life’s work to improve the lives of women,” Fegan said.
As of Monday night, the jury has deliberated for a total of about 28 hours. This jury has deliberated for longer than the New York jury in Weinstein’s first criminal trial, in which he was convicted him of criminal sex act and third-degree rape after 26 hours of deliberations.
Just a day after The New York Times published its bombshell report on Weinstein in October 2017, Newsom wrote an opinion editorial for the Huffington Post and shared that she had experienced the same behavior as Weinstein.
I did not know how to handle his aggressive advances, since I was new in the industry, and later an invitation to meet with him about a role at The Peninsula Hotel, where staff were present.
A graduate of the school, Siebel Newsom is a writer, director, and producer who has made several films. During her time as California’s First Partner, Siebel Newsom has advocated for working mothers and launched initiatives focused on closing the pay gap, among other efforts, and has been involved in several social activism campaigns.
The Los Angeles jury trial of Weinstein pleaded not guilty to seven charges related to an unnamed woman whose name was changed in 2005 by Weinstein
He has pleaded not guilty to all seven charges against him. He initially faced 11 charges, but four counts connected to an unnamed woman were dropped after she did not testify.
Los Angeles County prosecutors argued that Weinstein used his power in the entertainment industry to prey on and silence women.
Meanwhile, Weinstein’s attorneys have maintained the allegations are either fabricated or occurred consensually as part of a “transactional relationship” with the movie producer, repeatedly saying there is no evidence of assault.
The weekslong Los Angeles trial saw emotional testimony from Weinstein’s accusers – a model, a dancer, a massage therapist and Siebel Newsom – all of whom were asked to recount the details of their allegations against him, provide details of meetings with the producer from years ago, and explain their reactions to the alleged assaults.
Each morning at trial, Weinstein was brought from a correctional facility and wheeled into the Los Angeles courtroom wearing a suit and tie and holding a composition notebook.
“He’s wearing a suit, and a blue tie and he’s staring at me,” Siebel Newsom said last month, before what was one of the most emotional moments of the trial. She testified that Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in 2005.
During the trial, defense attorney Jackson asked jurors if they could “accept what (the Jane Does) say as gospel,” arguing what they said was a lack of forensic evidence supporting their claim.
Jackson said that re regret is not the same thing as rape. And it’s important we make that distinction in this courtroom.”
The alleged assault was preceded by an hourslong cat-and-mouse period. She, like other accusers, described feeling “frozen” that day.
Gloria Allred told CNN she hopes that the jury sees her client as a victim and not as a criminal.
Weinstein is being sued by a woman for sexual battery, false imprisonment, and intentional causing of emotional distress. She is also seeking an undisclosed amount in punitive and other damages.
Weinstein’s alleged actions against the Hollywood mogul on charges of rape, sexual penetration by foreign object and forcible oral copulation
It is necessary for you to be willing to face a very brutal cross-examination. It takes a very special person to do that. She is special. I’m very proud,” Allred said.
“The truth is that, as you sit here, we know the despicable behavior the defendant engaged in. He thought he was so powerful that people would … excuse his behavior,” Martinez said. That is just Harvey being Harvey. That is just Hollywood. Everyone did that for a long time. Everyone just turned their heads.”
The three charges he was convicted of – rape, sexual penetration by foreign object and forcible oral copulation – were all tied to one of his accusers, a model and actress who testified the movie mogul assaulted her in a Beverly Hills hotel room in February 2013.
Elizabeth Fegan said they were disappointed the jury was not able to agree on the charges against her client.
The jury will return to court on Tuesday to think about factors that may affect the outcome of Weinstein’s sentencing hearing.
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“I am relieved that Harvey Weinstein has been convicted because he deserves to be punished for the crimes that he committed, and he can no longer use his power to intimidate and sexually assault more women,” Young said in a statement read by Allred.
During the closing argument, Weinstein’s defense attorney referred to the women as “femme and fortune seekers,” by saying their testimonies were untrustworthy.
A licensed massage therapist and model named Natassia Malthe was identified as a Jane Doe after she claimed to have been attacked inside a London hotel.
The accusers also described “abnormalities” on Weinstein’s genitalia, “the result of a surgery the defendant had in 1999 that caused noticeable scarring,” according to prosecutors.
Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez was a witness during the trial, testifying about his “prior bad acts.” She filed a police report that resulted in sex crimes prosecutors looking into Weinstein. Gutierrez was part of a sting operation for the New York Police Department; she agreed to wear a wire to record Weinstein. The recording was played for jurors in Los Angeles, but the district attorney in Manhattan did not prosecute him.
The news ignited the #MeToo movement, which drew attention to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in the workplace, not just in Hollywood, but in all of society. Powerful men in business, politics and entertainment have been exposed as sexually predatory by that movement.
In deliberations of a Los Angeles jury that convicted Weinstein of rape and sexual assault are “mistrial”
He is accused of indecent assault of a woman in 1996. His attorneys are now appealing his New York verdict, so his Los Angeles conviction could mean he stays behind bars for the rest of his life.
The Los Angeles jury that convicted Weinstein of rape and sexual assault could not agree on any of the counts, which could have increased his sentence.
The jury was asked to determine if JaneDoe 1 was harmed and vulnerable, or if she was the target of Weinstein’s crimes.
A pool report indicates that the jury said they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on the issues. I am going to declare a mistrial regarding the allegations.
Jurors had deliberated for several hours Tuesday. After the jury said further deliberations wouldn’t sway them, neither the prosecution nor the defense wanted to have the jury consider further deliberations.
The pool report said that prosecutor Paul Thompson stated that they need to talk to the victims first.
The jury met for a total of 41 hours over 10 days after weeks of emotional testimony, reaching a verdict as the third week of deliberations began.
A woman has filed a civil lawsuit against Weinstein for sexual battery, false imprisonment and other claims after the movie mogul was convicted of raping her.
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But the jury failed to reach a verdict on certain charges, which the judge declared a mistrial on, because they weren’t unanimous on some of them.
Weinsteinbullied his way into her room when the woman refused to let him in, according to the lawsuit.
He engaged in small talks with the person, but in an arrogant and intimidating manner. He quickly made his real intentions clear. He wanted to have sex with her,” the lawsuit says. He grabbed the woman and forced her to sit down next to him.
The law in California allows sexual assault victims to file a civil action if their attacker is convicted of a crime within a year.