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Weinstein guilty on some counts

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/24/20, 12:39 pm

A jury convicted Harvey Weinstein of a felony sex act and third-degree rape on Monday in New York. He was found not guilty of predatory sexual assault, the most serious charge against him. The charges stemmed from accusations of sexual assault by two of the dozens of women who say he violated them in recent decades. Many of the claims against him happened too long ago to prosecute.

What’s next for Weinstein? The disgraced movie mogul has been free on bail since shortly after his arrest in May 2018, but a judge ordered him to jail immediately following Monday’s verdict. His convictions carry a possible maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. Weinstein also faces rape charges in Los Angeles.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Emily Belz’s report about how the culture of the film industry gives cover to sexual predators.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 02/26/2020 04:20 pm

    Weinstein is a monster. But he was able to thrive in a system that has supported and protected monsters for a century plus, since the dawn of radio, movies, and other electronic mass entertainment. 

    And that system has been nourished by the hopes of young people desperate for fame and stardom, whatever the price.

    How we raise our children, the values we teach them both consciously and unconsciously, is far more critical to their futures than some believe. A parent who absolutely worships an entertainment or sports star is teaching their child that becoming one of those idols is the most important ambition possible.