NEW YORK – Embattled and disgraced former Hollywood power broker Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of committing a criminal sex act and criminal rape in the third degree, assuring that he will be sentenced to a period of confinement of at least five years in a state prison.
Weinstein could be sentenced to as much as 25 years behind bars.
Calling Weinstein, 67, “a vicious serial sexual predator,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. praised the jury that found the once powerful Hollywood mogul guilty in two out of five charges he had brought against him.
Although he was found guilty on two charges, the jury failed to convict him on rape in the first degree against Jessica Mann and two separate counts of predatory sexual assault against Mann, Annabella Sciorra and Miriam Haley.
“Weinstein with his manipulation, his resources, his attorneys, his publicists and his spies did everything he could to silence the survivors,” Vance announced at a press conference following the convictions. “But they refused to be silent. They spoke from their hearts and they were heard. They were heard by Weinstein’s other survivors and by sexual predators all over the world. They sacrificed their privacy and self-protection knowing better than anyone the extent of Weinstein’s power.”