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Friday, June 3, 2022 – Disgraced Hollywood film maker and producer, Harvey Weinstein has lost his bid to have his 2020 sex crimes conviction in New York overturned.
Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault in February 2020 in a landmark verdict for the #MeToo movement. He is currently awaiting trial on separate sexual assault charges in California.
In a ruling on Thursday, June 2, five judges from a New York appeals court unanimously upheld the guilty verdicts and resulting 23-year sentence.
The judges rejected Weinstein’s argument that the jury had been prejudiced by hearing allegations from women who were not part of the charges.
Judge Angela Mazzarelli, writing the ruling, said the witnesses had provided “useful information,” which had helped jurors “fully understand the dynamics” between Weinstein and his victims.
“We perceive no basis for reducing the sentence, and we have considered defendant’s remaining arguments and find them unavailing,” she wrote.
Weinstein, 70, pleaded not guilty in September in a Los Angeles court to counts involving alleged abuse of five women.
In 2017, nearly 90 women including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek accused Weinstein of harassment or assault.