Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction upheld by New York Court of Appeals

NEW YORK – A New York appeals court has upheld Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction, rejecting the disgraced movie mogul’s claims that the judge in the landmark #MeToo trial prejudiced him by allowing women to testify about allegations that were not part of the criminal case.

Thursday’s ruling by a five-judge panel of the state’s Intermediate Court of Appeals 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.

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 .

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 does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault unless they speak publicly about their allegations, as Sciorra did.

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