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US News Harvey Weinstein Stunned by Verdict: ‘I’m Innocent. How Could This Happen in America?’

23:15  24 february  2020
23:15  24 february  2020 Source:   variety.com

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Harvey Weinstein , the powerhouse film producer whose downfall over sexual misconduct ignited a The verdict offered a measure of justice to the dozens of women who had come forward with similar One of those incidents happened in Los Angeles, and two were barred by New York State’s statute

Aidala said that Weinstein was telling him when the verdict was delivered. “ I ’ m innocent . The jury was offered a choice, should it find the witness’s account convincing, of how it could classify the “I hope that after this verdict it will become more obvious that those kinds of attacks on survivors and

Harvey Weinstein, Matt Davis are posing for a picture © JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

As Harvey Weinstein sat in court when his verdict was being called, it was difficult to see the reaction on his face as the former powerhouse producer was surrounded by a swarm of court officers — but Weinstein’s attorney says the fallen mogul was stunned by the guilty verdict.

“The words he said over and over again to me is, ‘I’m innocent, I’m innocent, I’m innocent. How could this happen in America?'” Weinstein’s attorney Arthur Aidala told Variety and other reporters outside the courthouse shortly after the verdict was called on Monday.

Aidala was sitting next to Weinstein at the defense table as the verdict was read. The attorney says Weinstein did not take any convincing or maneuvering to get up, and was compliant when he was taken by the court officers into custody.

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Aidala said that Weinstein was telling him when the verdict was delivered. “ I ’ m innocent . The jury was offered a choice, should it find the witness’s account convincing, of how it could classify the “I hope that after this verdict it will become more obvious that those kinds of attacks on survivors and

Aidala said that Weinstein was telling him when the verdict was delivered. “ I ’ m innocent . The jury was offered a choice, should it find the witness’s account convincing, of how it could classify the “I hope that after this verdict it will become more obvious that those kinds of attacks on survivors and

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) Weinstein was found guilty by the jury of committing a criminal sexual act and third-degree rape, but acquitted of two counts of predatory sexual assault. Justice James Burke remanded Weinstein, ordering him to be taken into custody. He is due to be sentenced on March 11.

Aidala tells Variety that Weinstein’s legal team is not surprised “at all” that their client was remanded. They were expecting that, even though Weinstein’s lead attorney, Donna Rotunno, asked the judge to let Weinstein remain free on bond pending the sentencing.

Rotunno said Weinstein takes a lot of medication and underwent “unsuccessful” back surgery, which is why he needs a walker. For the first time, she also indicated that Weinstein’s vision is impaired. “He is currently taking shots in his eyes so he does not go blind,” Rotunno said. “Judge, he was found not guilty of the most serious charges,” she added.

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While the partial guilty verdict in the New York versus Harvey Weinstein case today does not deliver the full justice that I and the many women who This trial has been worse than I could have imagined. I was wholly unprepared for what this trial would actually look like — the victim-blaming, the character

The jury reached a verdict in the New York rape trial of Harvey Weinstein , the disgraced former Hollywood mega-producer. Weinstein , 67, was found guilty of criminal sexual assault and of rape in the third degree.

The judge recommended transporting him to the medical infirmary, and Aidala hopes he’ll be taken to Rikers Island, which has medical facilities. “The people at my office right now are working on that,” Aidala told reporters. “They’re getting ready to get him there,” based on the judge’s recommendation. He expected him to be moved to Rikers on Monday.

Aidala says Weinstein thanked his legal team right before the verdict was read, expressing his gratitude for their hard work, “No matter what happens.”

Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on February 24, 2020  in New York City. - The jury in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial hinted it was struggling to reach agreement on the most serious charge of predatory sexual assault as day four of deliberations ended February 21, 2020 without a verdict. The 12 jurors asked New York state Judge James Burke whether they could be hung on one or both of the top counts but unanimous on the three lesser counts. The disgraced movie mogul, 67, faces life in prison if the jury of seven men and five women convict him of a variety of sexual misconduct charges in New York. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images) Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on February 24, 2020 in New York City. - The jury in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial hinted it was struggling to reach agreement on the most serious charge of predatory sexual assault as day four of deliberations ended February 21, 2020 without a verdict. The 12 jurors asked New York state Judge James Burke whether they could be hung on one or both of the top counts but unanimous on the three lesser counts. The disgraced movie mogul, 67, faces life in prison if the jury of seven men and five women convict him of a variety of sexual misconduct charges in New York. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

Monday morning, Aidala says Weinstein was in relatively good spirits, “functioning” and reading, before learning of his fate. “He handled it very, very well,” he said, adding that he spent the past weekend with his two young children.

“I’ve got to be honest with you,” Aidala told reporters. “I’ve known him for a year and I don’t think I’ve asked him what his favorite movie is, so I asked him what his favorite movie is.”

Weinstein said his favorite film is “The Godfather.”

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A day after a judge ordered him jailed for his conviction on two felony sex counts, Harvey Weinstein was still being held in a prison ward at a hospital after complaining of chest pains. A day after a judge ordered him jailed for his conviction on two felony sex counts, Harvey Weinstein was still being held in a prison ward at a hospital after complaining of chest pains.

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