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Disgraced former Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who inadvertently spearheaded the #MeToo motion when many years of sexual abuse allegations towards him got here to mild 5 years in the past, misplaced his enchantment Thursday on a rape conviction and jail sentence stemming from a New York case.
The ruling issued Thursday by a five-judge panel in New York’s intermediate state appeals court docket rejected the previous movie producer’s claims that the choose on the landmark #MeToo trial prejudiced him by permitting ladies to testify about allegations that weren’t a part of the prison case.
The choice affirmed the milestone verdict in America’s reckoning with sexual misconduct by highly effective figures — an period that started with a flood of allegations towards Weinstein.
Weinstein, 70, is jailed in California, the place he was extradited final 12 months and is awaiting trial on expenses alleging that he assaulted 5 ladies in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.
HARVEY WEINSTEIN’S LOS ANGELES SEX CRIMES TRIAL WON’T INCLUDE DARYL HANNAH, ROSE MCGOWAN
Weinstein was convicted in New York in February 2020 of a prison intercourse act for forcibly performing oral intercourse on a TV and movie manufacturing assistant in 2006 and rape within the third diploma for an assault 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 allegations of a mid-Nineteen Nineties rape.
The Related Press contributed to this report.