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Disgraced former Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who inadvertently led the #MeToo movement when decades of sexual abuse allegations against him came to light five years ago, lost his appeal on Thursday over a conviction for rape and a prison sentence stemming from a case in New York.
Thursday’s ruling by a five-judge panel of the New York State Intermediate Court of Appeals dismissed the former film producer’s claims that the judge in the landmark #MeToo trial prejudiced him by allowing women to testify on allegations that were not part of the criminal case.
The ruling upheld the landmark verdict in America’s consideration of the sexual misconduct of powerful figures – an era that began with a flood of allegations against Weinstein.
Weinstein, 70, is jailed in California, where he was extradited last year and is awaiting trial for assaulting five women in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN LOS ANGELES SEX CRIMES TRIAL WILL NOT INCLUDE DARYL HANNAH, ROSE MCGOWAN
Weinstein was convicted in New York in February 2020 of a criminal sex act for forcibly performing oral sex on a television and film production assistant in 2006 and third-degree rape for an attack on an aspiring actress in 2013 .
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He was acquitted of first-degree rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault stemming from actor Annabella Sciorra’s rape allegations in the mid-1990s.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.