This seems like the kind of compromise verdict that’s common in this sort of situation:
Harvey Weinstein, the once-powerful Hollywood mogul, was found guilty of rape in the third degree Monday but acquitted on the two most serious criminal charges, capping a landmark trial of the #MeToo era.
The jury in New York convicted Weinstein, 67, of third-degree rape of Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actress, as well as a count of criminal sexual act in the first degree against Mimi Haley, a former “Project Runway” production assistant.
But the jury found him not guilty on two counts of predatory sexual assault, which each carried a sentence of up to life in prison. He was also acquitted on a count of first-degree rape against Mann.
The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for five days, causing anxiety among his accusers. The jurors appeared solemn and stared straight ahead as they entered the courtroom before reading the verdict.
As an empirical matter, there’s no real doubt that Weinstein has sexually assaulted dozens of women, but proving specific instances of his predations beyond a reasonable doubt was always going to be challenging, given the resources available to him. (It’s worth remembering now and always that it’s far from clear whether Weinstein or Trump has raped more women).
Hopefully he spends the rest of his miserable life in prison.