What Weinstein Told His Lawyers After Convictions - Page 2

'I'm innocent. How could this happen in America?'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2020 1:54 PM CST

  • The convictions: Weinstein was convicted of a criminal sexual act in the first degree against production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006, per NBC News; that carries a 5- to 25-year sentence. He also was convicted of rape in the third degree against Jessica Mann, then an aspiring actress, in 2013. That carries a maximum penalty of 4 years, though Weinstein could get probation.
  • The acquittals: Things could have been worse for Weinstein. He was found not guilty of two counts of predatory sexual assault, and each could have landed him life sentences. The convictions hinged on the testimony of Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who accused Weinstein of raping her at her apartment in the 1990s, notes the AP. Predatory convictions required the jury to believe that Weinstein assaulted Sciorra and, later, Haleyi and/or Mann, but jurors signaled Friday they were struggling with the Sciorra allegations.
  • Other trial: Weinstein also faces a criminal trial in California on separate sexual misconduct charges.
(Read more Harvey Weinstein stories.)

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