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Hollywood movie titan Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape in US trial

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Former Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, including rape, in a Los Angeles trial in another #MeToo moment of reckoning, five years after he became a magnet for the movement.

The two-month trial heard how Weinstein used his influence to lure women into private meetings before attacking them.

The 70-year-old faces up to 24 years in prison when sentenced.

He is already serving 23 years in jail after he was convicted of rape and sexual assault at his first trial in New York two years ago.

Weinstein was found guilty of rape, forced oral copulation and another sexual misconduct count involving a woman known as Jane Doe 1.

The jury could not reach verdicts on allegations by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, and a woman known as Jane Doe 2. A mistrial was declared on those counts.

He was also acquitted of sexual battery against an accuser known as Jane Doe 3.

The Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love and Pulp Fiction producer and co-founder of the entertainment company Miramax was wearing a grey suit and looked pale at the court in Los Angeles on Monday.

“Harvey Weinstein will never be able to rape another woman. He will spend the rest of his life behind bars where he belongs,” Siebel Newsom said in a statement. “Throughout the trial, Weinstein’s lawyers used sexism, misogyny, and bullying tactics to intimidate, demean, and ridicule us, survivors. The trial was a stark reminder that we as a society have work to do."

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