Harvey Weinstein found guilty of three charges in rape trial involving Gov. Newsom’s wife

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Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 4 2022. (Etienne Laurent/Pool Photo via AP) Etienne Laurent/AP

Harvey Weinstein found guilty of three charges in rape trial involving Gov. Newsom’s wife

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Harvey Weinstein was found guilty on one count of rape and two counts of sexual assault, in a mixed decision Monday.

He was found guilty of all counts of rape and sexual assault pertaining to Jane Doe 1, but the jury acquitted him on of sexual battery against Jane Doe 3 and was hung on the three other counts against him from Jane Doe 2 and Jen Newsom.

JURY DELIBERATIONS RESUME MONDAY IN HARVEY WEINSTEIN RAPE TRIAL INVOLVING GAVIN NEWSOM’S WIFE

The jury came to its decision after about 10 days of deliberation, with both sides resting their case on Dec. 2.

The Los Angeles trial focuses on four women who have accused the former movie producer of similar assaults, including testimony from filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who is married to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA).

“Rapists rape. You can look at the pattern,” prosecutor Paul Thompson told jurors in closing arguments. “You have irrefutable, overwhelming evidence about the nature of this man and what he did to these women.”

Defense attorneys for Weinstein have maintained the allegations either occurred as part of a “transactional relationship” or were fabricated entirely, arguing there is no evidence of assault in any of the cases.

In some of the cases, defense attorneys did not disagree the incidents took place but argued that Weinstein believed they were consensual.

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“Regret is not the same thing as rape,” defense attorney Alan Jackson said. “And it’s important we make that distinction in this courtroom.”

Weinstein is already serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted of committing a criminal sex act and third-degree rape in 2020 and is being held in a detention facility’s medical unit. His defense attorneys have appealed that conviction, and it’s unclear whether he’ll serve his upcoming sentence concurrently with that one.

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