LA judge rules Harvey Weinstein can’t be tried again

LA judge rules Harvey Weinstein can’t be tried again

Los Angeles: Harvey Weinstein will not be retried on charges of assaulting two women, a Los Angeles judge ruled Tuesday after a jury failed to reach a verdict on the charges.

The former movie mogul was convicted last year of raping a European actress at a Beverly Hills hotel a decade ago. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison, which he will serve after serving a 23-year sentence imposed by a New York court.

But a Los Angeles jury deadlocked Tuesday on charges against two other women and a prosecutor who said they could not proceed with a new trial.

Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench granted the defense’s motion to dismiss the remaining charges.

The lengthy trial heard how the producer of Shakespeare in Love coerced young actresses trying to find their footing in Hollywood.

Prosecutors said Weinstein exploited and abused women for years and went unpunished because of his powerful position in the industry at the time.

In 2017, the allegations against her sparked the #MeToo movement and paved the way for hundreds of women to fight sexual harassment in the workplace.

Dozens of women have now accused Weinstein of predatory behavior.

The disgraced producer has long maintained his innocence and filed appeals against his convictions in New York and Los Angeles. (AFP)

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