Weinstein Leaves Court In An Ambulance After Jurors Read Verdict In Sexual Assault Case [Details]
Harvey Weinstein's multiple sexual assault accusations, that broke open the nation and essentially kickstarted the #metoo movement, is back in the headlines this week. Jurors handed down their verdict Monday. While it wasn't the ruling prosecution hoped for it was more than Weinstein could handle.
The movie mogul whose sexual misconduct jump-started the #MeToo movement, was convicted of two sex crimes after a historic weeks-long trial featuring graphic testimony from six tearful accusers. Weinstein was found guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree related to accuser Miriam "Mimi" Haleyi and rape in the third degree related to accuser Jessica Mann.
Weinstein was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody. His lawyers initially said he would be taken to an infirmary unit at Rikers Island, New York's main jail complex in the East River, for medical supervision. But his ambulance was rerouted to Bellevue Hospital, rep Juda Engelmayer confirmed to USA TODAY.
His lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told USA TODAY it was for high blood pressure. "He's fine," she said. It's unknown when he will depart.
Weinstein is scheduled to be sentenced March 11.
Earlier, Rotunno and fellow Weinstein lawyer Arthur Aidala told reporters outside the courthouse that they planned to appeal. "As sure as I am bald," Aidala declared.
The split verdict was rendered during the fifth day of deliberations by a jury of seven men and five women who deliberated a total of more than 24 hours.
The verdict was a partial win for the prosecution: Weinstein escaped the two most serious charges of predatory sexual assault, plus one charge of rape in the first degree, which spared him the possibility of a sentence that included life in prison.
Tarana Burke, the woman who created the #MeToo hashtag and helped found the movement, issued a statement praising the verdict and condemning "unjust laws."
"Today, a jury confirmed what we all know: Harvey Weinstein committed sexual assault," her statement said. "This jury worked with an incredibly narrow and unjust set of laws governing sexual assault, and though he was not convicted on all counts, Harvey Weinstein will have to answer for his crimes."
It was reported that Weinstein was visible shocked at the ruling and could be seen with his mouth gaping as jurours read off the guilty judgment.
The ambulance carrying former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein to prison was instead redirected to a hospital.
Weinstein was on his way to Rikers Island when the ambulance went to Bellevue Hospital, Weinstein spokeswoman Juda Engelmayer told CNN Monday evening. The reason for the hospital visit was not immediately clear.
The judge said he would ask for Weinstein to be held in the infirmary after his lawyers said he needs medical attention following back surgery that was unsuccessful.
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