Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction overturned


Published: 2024-04-25 17:43

Last Updated: 2024-06-18 23:03

Harvey Weinstein. (File photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Harvey Weinstein. (File photo: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The New York Court of Appeals overturned the 2020 conviction of former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on charges of rape and sexual assault, ordering a new trial.

The court, which is the highest court in the Unified Court System of the State of New York cited procedural errors during the trial

"Order reversed and a new trial ordered," the ruling said, which garnered four votes for and three against. The judges cited errors in the way the trial had been conducted; including admitting the testimony of a women who were not part of the charges against.

"With today's decision, this Court continues to thwart the steady gains survivors of sexual violence have fought for in our criminal justice system," one of the judges who dissented with the decision said.

Weinstein, 72 years old, was convicted in February 2020 of rape and sexual assault and was later sentenced to 23 years in prison - a trial considered a victory for the “Me Too” movement.

He will remain in prison however, as he was then convicted and sentenced by a Los Angeles court to another 16 years in prisoner for raping a woman in hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

The global “MeToo” movement, which came to light in 2017, has seen powerful men in the world of entertainment punished for their abusive and predatory behavior, starting with bombshell allegations against industry titan Harvey Weinstein in 2017 that led to his imprisonment on multiple sex assault convictions.

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