Inside Harvey Weinstein’s second rape trial as verdict is delivered after tear-filled testimony from California governor’s wife

HARVEY Weinstein was found guilty of rape in his second sexual assault trial after California Governor Gavin Newsom’s wife testified in tears on the stand.

He was convicted on three counts, but a mistrial was declared on other counts after the jury failed to reach a verdict on the claims of two victims.

Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape in his second sexual assault trial

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Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape in his second sexual assault trialCredit: Reuters
Jennifer Siebel Newsom spoke at the trial, claiming she was raped by Weinstein, but the jury was hung over allegations involving the California first lady

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Jennifer Siebel Newsom spoke at the trial, claiming she was raped by Weinstein, but the jury was hung over allegations involving the California first ladyCredit: AP
The jury also hung on all counts related to Jane Doe 2 and found Weinstein not guilty of sexual assault against Jane Doe 3.

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The jury also hung on all counts related to Jane Doe 2 and found Weinstein not guilty of sexual assault against Jane Doe 3.Credit: AFP

After deliberating for nine days in a trial that lasted more than two weeks, the California jury found Weinstein guilty of rape five years after the #MeToo movement was created.

Although he was found guilty of rape and related charges involving a woman in the trial known as Jane Doe 1, the jury was hung on several other counts, the AP reported.

This included allegations from Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and former actress who nearly yelled at the jury over an alleged business meeting she allegedly had with the disgraced producer.

The jury hung on all counts related to Jane Doe 2 and found Weinstein not guilty of sexual assault against Jane Doe 3.

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The 70-year-old, who was a powerful film producer, has become a huge target as more women have come forward with horror allegations of abuse and manipulation.

A notable account was that of Siebel Newsom, who claimed Weinstein lured her to his hotel room where he raped her after she agreed to meet him on business in 2005.

During the trial, she said Weinstein made it clear that this meeting could “make or break your career,” the New York Post reported.

After arriving in the hotel room, Weinstein left to change into a bathrobe before “grabbing” Newsom and “trying to make me touch him,” she told the jury.

“I was scared. That’s not why I came here,” she said.

“It was like a complete manipulation of why I was there, and I just remember physically trying to back off.”

Newsom became almost hysterical as she testified about the alleged assault.

“I’m shaking, I’m like a rock, I’m frigid,” she said during the trial, according to NBC News.

“It’s my worst nightmare.”

However, the defense countered that they lied in the courtroom to “cope” with the tryst which ultimately did not go through.

“She may regret transactional sex, but regret is far from rape,” Jackson told the jury.

“She made the decision to have a relationship with Harvey and she took advantage of it…It’s the definition of transactional sex and she hates it.”

The jury faced a difficult decision, as many of the prosecution’s allegations lacked forensic evidence or eyewitness testimony.

Siebel addressed Weinstein’s team tacts in a statement released after the ruling.

“Throughout the trial, Weinstein’s attorneys used sexism, misogyny and bullying tactics to intimidate, belittle and ridicule us, the survivors,” she said.

“This lawsuit has been a stark reminder that we have work to do.”

Her husband, Governor Gavin Newsome, released a statement saying he was “so incredibly proud” of Siebel and expressed his support for the “brave women who have come forward to share their truth and lift up countless survivors who don’t. can’t”.

At least 100 women are believed to have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, with many claiming to have been raped or sexually assaulted.

This latest verdict comes after the producer was found guilty of sex crimes and sentenced to 23 years in prison in February 2020 during a trial in New York.

He won an initial appeal, but the case is not expected to be heard in the state’s highest court until next year.

Weinstein was being held in the Los Angeles County Jail awaiting trial.

Even if New York’s case is dismissed, this latest decision means he will remain behind bars.

British prosecutors announced on June 8, 2022 that they also plan to charge Weinstein with two counts of indecent assault on a woman in London.

A jury found Weinstein guilty of forcibly performing oral sex with former Project Runway staffer Miriam Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping hairstylist Jessica Mann in 2013.

It has also been alleged that Weinstein blacklisted numerous women who accused him of misconduct.

Weinstein refused to apologize to his victims after being found guilty and said he was sorry for all the men going through “this crisis right now”.

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According to court documents, he planned to open a female-run sex addiction center to help restore his image.

The once mighty Weinstein had a net worth of $300 million at the height of his career.

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