Los Angeles prosecutors informed a choose Tuesday that they won’t retry Harvey Weinstein, who was convicted of the rape and sexual assault of 1 lady, on counts involving two others that left jurors deadlocked.
Deputy District Legal professional Paul Thompson introduced the choice to Superior Courtroom Decide Lisa B. Lench at a listening to in downtown Los Angeles. The choose granted a protection movement to dismiss the costs and stated Weinstein could be returned to New York, the place he was convicted in an identical case.
Weinstein lawyer Jacqueline Sparagna stated he maintains his innocence of the costs.
In December, the Los Angeles jury convicted Weinstein, 70, of the rape and sexual assault of Italian mannequin and actor Evgeniya Chernyshova, and he was sentenced to 16 years in jail. That is along with the 23-year sentence he’s already serving in New York for a 2020 conviction.
Jurors couldn’t attain unanimous verdicts on a rape rely and a sexual assault rely involving Jennifer Siebel Newsom — a documentary filmmaker and the spouse of California Gov. Gavin Newsom — and a sexual battery rely involving mannequin Lauren Younger.
Younger testified at Weinstein’s New York trial as a supporting witness, however was not a part of the costs there as she was in California. She stated at Tuesday’s listening to that she was “very disenchanted” prosecutors wouldn’t be transferring ahead with a retrial.
“For 10 years I’ve executed every thing potential to hunt justice for what the defendant did to me,” Younger stated, studying from ready remarks together with her lawyer Gloria Allred standing behind her. “I’ve not achieved the justice that I had hoped to acquire.”
Ten of the 12 jurors agreed to convict Weinstein of the sexual battery cost involving Younger.
Thompson stated the issue of getting hesitant witnesses corroborate Younger’s story was an element. He recommended Younger for testifying “credibly and courageously,” and stated “we by no means wavered in our confidence in her.”
“It’s a tough resolution,” Thompson stated. “We definitely did need to see justice for all of the victims.”
He added that Weinstein would seemingly solely face a further yr in jail if convicted on the sexual battery rely, and that further stretch was not price one other trial.
The Related Press doesn’t usually title individuals who say they’ve been sexually abused until they establish themselves publicly or consent by way of their attorneys, as the ladies named right here have.
Siebel Newsom’s lawyer Elizabeth Fegan stated in a press release after the listening to that they respect the prosecution’s resolution to not retry the costs associated to her.
“The First Companion’s main intention in coming ahead was to make sure that Weinstein spends the remainder of his life in jail,” Fegan stated. She added that had “the courtroom not handed down a becoming sentence, my shopper would have been able to help the prosecutors in the event that they opted to retry Weinstein, even contemplating the large emotional toll it will inflict on her.”
Deputy District Legal professional Marlene Martinez learn a press release from Siebel Newsom on the listening to.
“The protection reopened and exacerbated my trauma,” the assertion stated. “He tried to break my life and the lives of so many different ladies. He deserves to spend the remainder of his life in jail.”
Sparagna stated on the listening to that the encounter with Siebel Newsom was consensual, as his attorneys argued through the trial. Weinstein insisted at his sentencing that he had by no means even met Chernyshova. His attorneys additionally deny he was ever with Younger within the lodge room the place she stated the assault occurred.
After the listening to, Allred recognized one other shopper who Weinstein was charged with raping and sexually assaulting however declined to participate within the trial on the final second, resulting in the counts involving her being dismissed.
The girl, Australian actor and mannequin Kate Jaggard, stated in a press release that she was prepared to bear cross-examination on the trial however couldn’t seem to testify due to circumstance past her management.
She stated she was “deeply disenchanted” Lench wouldn’t permit her and different ladies Weinstein was not convicted of assaulting to present sufferer influence statements at his sentencing. However she stated “the conviction was a win for all sexual assault victims.”
Allred is interesting the choose’s resolution to the California Supreme Courtroom in hopes that such influence statements might be allowed at comparable sentencings.
Weinstein’s New York conviction is beneath enchantment and his attorneys plan to enchantment his California conviction.
His spokesperson Juda Engelmayer stated that with a retrial not looming, Weinstein “can deal with the counts he was convicted on,” and “proof that corroborates Harvey’s claims that it by no means occurred, and he did not know or meet this individual.”
Weinstein himself stated in a press release that he’s studying books on legendary protection lawyer Clarence Darrow, “in order that I’ll perceive extra for my very own authorized protection, as I proceed the monumental problem of in the end proving my innocence.”