Harvey Weinstein Found Guilty And Sent to Jail

Monday, February 24th – In what is seen as a landmark moment for the #MeToo movement, a jury has found Harvey Weinstein guilty of criminal sexual assault and rape.  After 26-and-a-half hours of deliberations over five days, a New York jury today found Weinstein guilty of committing a criminal sex act in the first degree involving one woman and rape in the third degree involving another victim.

It’s not clear how many years in prison Weinstein will get.  Sentencing will not happen until a later date. But he was ordered to jail immediately after the conviction.  Under sentencing guidelines for the charge of criminal sex act in the first degree, he could get a minimum of five years and a maximum of 25 years behind bars.

Weinstein was acquitted on the more serious charges of predatory sexual assault involving the two women (Jessica Mann and Miriam Haley).

The conviction is viewed by many as a long overdue reckoning for Weinstein after years of whispers about his behavior that helped to give rise to #MeToo.