Film mogul Harvey Weinstein guilty of Hollywood rape, jury finds
Published: Dec 20, 2022 09:38 PM Updated: Dec 20, 2022 09:35 PM
Left: Gigi Hadid arrives at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City on January 16, 2020, for the jury selection for the trial of Harvey Weinstein (pictured above) on rape and sexual assault charges. Photos: IC

Harvey Weinstein on rape and sexual assault charges Photo: IC

 Disgraced US movie titan Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of the rape and sexual assault of a woman a decade ago, in what prosecutors said was part of his "reign of terror" over aspiring young actresses in Hollywood.

The 70-year-old Pulp Fiction producer, who was once one of the most powerful men in the film industry, faces up to 24 years in jail, in addition to a sentence he is already serving for sex crimes in New York.

His victim in the Los Angeles case said Monday she hopes he "never sees the outside of a prison cell during his lifetime."

"Harvey Weinstein forever destroyed a part of me that night in 2013 and I will never get that back," the woman, identified during the trial as Jane Doe #1, said in a statement.

A weeks-long trial heard graphic descriptions of encounters between the once-powerful producer and women who were trying to make their way in the world of movies.

Prosecutors painted a picture of a predatory ogre, who used his physical size and his professional prowess to rape and abuse women with impunity.

In 2017, with the publication of bombshell allegations against him, floodgates were opend for women to speak out against the sexual violence in the workplace.

His convictions in New York, which landed him with a 23-year jail term, were followed by charges in Los Angeles, ultimately relating to four women.

On Monday after two weeks of deliberation, a jury convicted him of three of the seven counts he faced, forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by a foreign object, all relating to Jane Doe #1 in a Beverly Hills hotel room in February 2013.

Weinstein faces up to 18 years in prison for the counts on which he was convicted, but aggravating factors could increase that to 24 years.