Harvey Weinstein guilty over sexual assaults

Harvey Weinstein guilty over sexual assaults

The trial of Harvey Weinstein has ended with a guilty verdict on two counts: criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. The charges carry a combined possible sentence of up to 28 years in prison.

While Weinstein was found guilty of two of the charges he faced, the disgraced Hollywood producer was acquitted on one count of rape in the first degree and two counts of predatory sexual assault, the latter of which were the most serious charges, COS reports.

The verdict brings the #MeToo movement into its ultimate phase: punishment for the man who’s actions started it all. While the New York case was centered on only two women, a number of the over 80 additional alleged victims were allowed to provide “prior bad acts” testimony to establish a pattern of behavior. Though the jury’s decision was only partially guilty, the fact that Weinstein will indeed be jailed for his crimes and forever labeled as “convicted rapist” is a victory.

What’s more, the trial of Harvey Weinstein is far from over. He’s still facing four charges of rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles, facing another possible 28 total years.