The lawyers filed a motion to review the sentence and the New York court agreed.
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The once-all-powerful movie producer Harvey Weinstein was found guilty for a second time of sexual harassment and rape between 2004 and 2013.
The collapse of Weinstein’s career began in 2017, when a series of allegations of gross and unequivocal harassment followed. Guinea Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Eva Green, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Uma Thurman spoke about Harvey’s harassment – a total of more than 80 women recalled the producer’s previous “merits”.
The confessions of actresses and film workers have resulted in the global MeToo movement. The women, without being ashamed of anything, openly shared their bitter experience of sexual harassment many years ago. Everyone fell under the burning hand of revelations – from Hollywood celebrities, world politicians and billionaires to ordinary managers.
In Los Angeles, Weinstein was charged with seven counts: two for rape and five for sexual harassment. The plaintiffs were four women who wished to remain anonymous. The final verdict was delivered by the jury, which deliberated for more than nine days. They found Weinstein guilty on three counts and not guilty on one count.
As for the other two episodes, which starred the wife of the governor of California, and in the past the actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom, here the jury did not agree. At the hearing, she recounted how Weinstein abused her in a hotel room in 2005. But lawyer Mark Werksman managed to undermine the credibility of Sibel’s words. He staged a harsh cross-examination by Newsom, calling her a prostitute and accusing her of changing her testimony. He also suggested that the actress used the intimacy with the producer to advance her career.
As a result, a California court decided to sentence Harvey Weinstein to 18-24 years in prison; such uncertainty in the term is related to state laws. The former producer will continue to serve his sentence in a New York prison, where he was previously destined to spend 21 years. However, it is possible that he will have his prison sentence reduced. The lawyers filed a motion to review the sentence, and the New York court agreed.