Once one of Hollywood's most influential men, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty on February 24 by a Manhattan jury of sexually assaulting a former production assistant and raping a former aspiring actress.
New York judge sentences Harvey Weinstein to 23 years in prison for sexual assault and rape, over two years after horrific stories of disgraced movie mogul's sexual misconduct began to surface.
Former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was last month found guilty of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and of raping onetime aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.
Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein, was last month found guilty of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping former aspiring actress Jessica Mann in 2013.
Roman Polanski decided to skip the Cesar awards ceremony because of protests by women's groups denouncing the 12 nominations “An Officer and a Spy” received after a French woman brought a new rape accusation against him.
Weinstein, 67, convicted of rape and sexual assault against two women, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of #MeToo campaign.
Weinstein's lawyers advised him that he did not need to testify because the evidence presented in this case was "anaemic at best," according to Arthur Aidala, one of his lawyers.
Writer Paul Feldsher testified for the defence that actress Annabella Sciorra told him in the early 1990s that she had a sexual encounter with Weinstein but did not say she had been raped.
Prosecutors paint Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator who used his clout and power to abuse women for decades.
The disgraced movie mogul faces life in prison if convicted in a New York state court of predatory sexual assault charges, in a trial expected to last six weeks.
Insurers for the former Weinstein Co studio would fund the payout and Weinstein would not be required to admit wrongdoing or to pay anything, the New York Times said.
The tycoon will pay what amounts to one of the largest sexual harassment awards in US history, the victim's lawyer says. Hollywood assistant Mahim Khan said Alkiviades "Alki" David repeatedly groped her and on one occasion exposed her breasts.
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