Harvey Weinstein Loses Appeal Of NY Rape and Sexual Assault Conviction

A New York appellate court has upheld the conviction of Harvey Weinstein for his 2020 rape and sexual assault conviction.

The Appellate Division First Department, an intermediate state appeals court in Manhattan denied Weinstein’s claims that he was not given a fair trial.

“We perceive no basis for reducing the sentence, and we have considered defendant’s remaining arguments and find them unavailing,” said the Appellate Division decision.

Weinstein’s lawyers defended that his trials were influenced by the #MeToo movement instead of the specific crimes with which he was charged.

Weinstein’s lawyers also said that New York State Supreme Court Justice James Burke made several lapses after he allowed the testimony of three women who didn’t even appear in the indictment and blocked a witness.

Weinstein’s spokesman Juda Engelmayer said they were disappointed with the decision but were expecting it.

“We are reviewing all of our options and will seek to petition the court appeals and beyond,” added Englemayer.

Weinstein is currently jailed in California and is awaiting trial on charges alleging that he assaulted five victims in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.

Weinstein is currently ineligible for parole until after his 87th birthday.


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