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Harvey Weinstein appeals Los Angeles rape conviction

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Harvey Weinstein, 72, appeals against his conviction in the case of sexual assault of a model actress In a hotel room in Los Angeles More than a decade ago. His lawyers filed the petition with the 2nd District Court of Appeal on Friday, a year after they signaled their intention to seek a new trial in the 2022 Los Angeles case.

The model-actress is one of four women involved in the case against Weinstein, who was found guilty on charges of sexual assault and Sentenced to 16 years in prison in a Los Angeles court in February 2023. Weinstein's lawyers received multiple extensions from the court last year to give him more time to prepare documents.

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Weinstein was convicted in December 2022 of one count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual penetration by a foreign object in February 2013 of a woman identified only as Jane Doe No. 1. The jury at the time could not reach a unanimous decision on three other charges, including one involving Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a film producer and the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Harvey Weinstein appears for a preliminary hearing in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Weinstein made his first court appearance since an appeals court last week upheld his conviction for rape in 2020. (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, pool)

Steven Hirsch/AP

The jury acquitted Weinstein of a felony charge of sexual assault related to an alleged 2010 attack on a masseuse, Jane Doe No. 3, but remained deadlocked on a lesser count involving the same woman.

The judge said no rape charges were filed, and prosecutors said in December they did not intend to proceed with a case involving that alleged victim.

Prosecutors later said they did not intend to retry Weinstein on the charges on which jurors deadlocked. Weinstein was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

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By appealing the conviction, Weinstein hopes to get a similar result to the one he received in New York, where an appeals court in April overturned his conviction on rape charges in that state. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison for that conviction. New York prosecutors are expected to try the case again.


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