The Harvey Weinstein Trial Continues

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On Monday, February 23rd, 2020, people were shocked near and far at the charges the famous Harvey Weinstein, the former American film producer, was finally being charged with. He was found guilty and sentenced to 23 years in prison for two sex crimes in New York. However, this is just the start of the charges the long reining influential movie producer faces. Weinstein is still facing charges in Los Angeles and experts say that the verdict made in New York will make a conviction in LA more likely. 

Harvey Weinstein was born on March 19th, 1952, in Queens, New York. In 1979, Harvey and Bob founded the Miramax Films Corporation, named after their parents. According to Biography, the theater was “Initially designed to distribute small, art-house-type films.” Miramax soon developed into a major player in the film industry. 

The reaction here at Triton has been all for the convictions. “I agree with the charges held against Question. There’s clearly a pattern here. This is just one bad guy, a sleazeball honestly,” said junior Ethan Mosteller. 

New York Allegations: On October 5th, 2017, The New York Times published an article where decades worth of allegations against Weinstein unraveled. This was the start of the downfall of Harvey Weinstein. After being confronted with allegations including sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact, Harvey Weinstein had reached at least eight settlements with women, according to two company officials. Among the recipients, The New York Times found, “were a young assistant in New York in 1990, an actress in 1997, an assistant in London in 1998, an Italian model in 2015 and Ms. O’Connor shortly after, according to records and those familiar with the agreements,” wrote the paper. Weinstein then announced he was taking a leave absence from the company and working with a therapist. As the years go on… so do the allegations. 

New York Trial and Outcome: On January 6th, 2020, the trial process began in New York. The Manhattan trial became a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement. Many, many women came forward against Weinstein and for many, the trial was “a crucial test in the effort to hold powerful men accountable for sexual harassment in the workplace”. According to The Daily News. Weinstein was found guilty on Monday of two felony sex crimes. However, the jury acquitted Weinstein of the two most serious charges against him, predatory sexual assault. criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree. 6 women testified that they had been sexually assaulted by Weinstein. 

Los Angeles Allegations: The Los Angeles case against Weinstein is based on the accounts of two women who are currently unidentified. These two women have both accused him of attacking them just a day apart in February 2013. One of the women, an Italian model, and actress, has told prosecutors that Mr. Weinstein raped her in the bathroom of a Beverly Hills hotel after she met him at a film festival. The next day, the other woman said, Mr. Weinstein invited her and another woman to his room in a West Los Angeles hotel after meeting them in the restaurant downstairs. Weinstein supposedly trapped his victim in the bathroom. He is being charged with four counts of, “one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint,” according to the Los Angles County.

Los Angles Trial: The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office announced Wednesday that it would begin the process of extraditing Harvey Weinstein to California, where he is charged with multiple counts of sexual assault. A trial date has not yet been set. 

Triton High school senior, Maggie Bowen, shared her thoughts on this in regards to everyday life, “I think the women did an incredible job by testifying, it takes a lot of courage to stand and share awful things an awful human has done to you. I think it shows many women around the world to speak up and be strong.”