Harvey Weinstein won’t face L.A. retrial on rape, assault charges jurors didn’t reach verdict on
Harvey Weinstein will not be re-tried in Los Angeles for the rape and sexual assault charges jurors failed to reach a verdict on last December, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench has dismissed those charges, which stemmed from claims made by two of the four accusers included in the trial.
Weinstein was sentenced last month to 16 years in prison after jurors found him guilty on a rape charge and two counts of sexual assault involving an Italian model who claims the disgraced ex-filmmaker attacked her in 2013. Those were the only charges Weinstein was convicted of in the L.A. trial.
The former movie producer had also faced rape and sexual assault charges from an accusation by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, as well as a sexual battery count from claims made by model Lauren Young, but jurors couldn’t agree on a verdict.
Jurors also acquitted Weinstein of a sexual battery charge involving another woman. Four charges relating to a fifth accuser, identified as Jane Doe 5, were dropped during the trial.
Weinstein was already sentenced to 23 years behind bars in New York in 2020 following a conviction on rape and sexual assault charges involving two women. He will return to New York following Tuesday’s developments, Lench said.
Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson’s decision not to pursue a retrial in Los Angeles disappointed Young, she said Tuesday. Thompson said the count relating to Young likely would’ve only added a year to Weinstein’s sentence.
The woman whose claims led to Weinstein’s L.A. conviction was referred to during the trial as Jane Doe 1. A day after the sentencing came down, Evgeniya Chernyshova identified herself as the accuser to The Hollywood Reporter.
“Before that night I was a very happy and confident woman,” she said at the Feb. 23 sentencing hearing. “I valued myself and the relationship I had with God. I was excited about my future. Everything changed after the defendant brutally assaulted me. There is no prison sentence long enough to undo the damage.”
The Flushing-born Weinstein, 70, co-founded with his brother the Miramax production studio, which distributed Oscar-winning films such as “Shakespeare in Love” and “Pulp Fiction.” He became a focal point of the -MeToo movement in 2017 after dozens of women accused him of sexual misconduct.
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