Triggering off a global chain reaction with the MeToo movement after more than 80 women since 2017 accused him of sexual misconduct, 67-year-old Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of the charges by a New York court. Reserving the sentencing for a future date, a New York Supreme Court jury, comprising of seven men and five women, found Harvey guilty of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. Also Read - New York Shop Sells Doughnuts Featuring Face of Doctor Leading Coronavirus Fight

Arriving at the verdict after deliberating in the case for more than 26 hours over five days, Harvey was found guilty of raping Jessica Mann and assaulting his former production assistant Miriam Haley. The guilty filmmaker could be sentenced to five years or 25 years in prison on the first charge of forcing oral sex on former Project Runway production assistant Miriam Haley in 2006. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein, 68, Gets Coronavirus in Prison Serving 23 Years of Sentence For Rape And Sexual Assault



On the second charge, Harvey could be sentenced for four years for raping a woman in a New York hotel in 2013. Apart from these, the fallen producer was acquitted of rape in the first degree and two highly serious counts of predatory sexual assault which could land him in life imprisonment. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein Hospitalised Due to Chest Pain After Receiving 23-Years of Imprisonment in Landmark #MeToo Case

The jury denied Harvey a mistrial motion which his defense had tried raising. Earlier this month, at Harvey Weinstein‘s rape trial, Lauren Young, the sixth woman who accused him of sexual misconduct, testified in the Manhatten court. She said that the film producer ‘trapped her’ inside the bathroom of a hotel room, ‘groped her breast’ and ‘masturbated.’



Asia Argento became one of the leading figures of the ‘Me Too’ movement after she accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of raping her. A New York Times report, however, revealed that in the months following her revelations on Weinstein, the actress had settled a sexual assault case against herself by a young actor and musician Jimmy Bennett when he was 17. The age of consent in California is 18. Argento, then 37, had allegedly paid $380 thousand dollars to Bennett to settle the notice of intent to sue. The Weinstein case is seen as a milestone in the #MeToo movement under which women all across the world have spoken out against influential men in business, media, politics and entertainment, who abused them sexually at a point in life.