A jury acquitted the disgraced movie mogul on the more serious charges of predatory sexual assault involving the two women
Harvey Weinstein, whose alleged predatory behavior sparked the #MeToo movement, is charged with five counts including rape, sexual criminal act and predatory sexual assault.
The trial, which began earlier this month, came more than two years after bombshell stories in The New York Times and The New Yorker quoted women who accused Weinstein of sexual abuse, rape, harassment and generally using his influence as a Hollywood power broker to take advantage of young women.
Since then, at least 100 women have publicly accused Weinstein, 67, of a range of actions, from unwanted sexual advances to rape.
But the allegations the jury of 12 people in New York State Supreme Court heard were based off the accounts of two women. The testimony of four other women will be used as prosecutors try to show Weinstein had a pattern of predatory behavior.
Weinstein is accused of raping a woman in a New York hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another woman in 2006 at his Manhattan apartment, court documents show. He is charged with five felony counts: first-degree rape, third-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, and two counts of predatory sexual assault.
Several other women who say he assaulted them testified, including “The Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra.