/ 26 April 2024

#MeToo overturned

Harvey Weinstein

Disgraced Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein has had his original #MeToo rape conviction overturned. Weinstein was acquitted overnight of his 2020 conviction for the sexual assaults of an aspiring actress and a film production assistant by New York’s Court of Appeals. The court found that the former movie mogul didn’t receive a fair trial because the case heard evidence from witnesses of his “former bad behaviour” that didn’t form part of the charges against him. A new trial has been ordered but Weinstein, 72, will stay in jail because he’s serving a separate 16-year sentence for rape in LA. The New York case against Weinstein opened a floodgate for dozens of claims against him, sparking the global #MeToo movement. The 4-3 appeal decision has “devastated” his accusers, and one of the judges criticised her peers for allowing “predators to escape accountability”

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