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Harvey Weinstein found guilty again

Harvey Weinstein found guilty again
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Former Hollywood film mogul Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of three counts of sexual assault, including rape, in Los Angeles.

The two-month trial heard how Weinstein used his influence to lure women into private meetings before attacking them.

The 70-year-old faces up to 24 years in prison when sentenced.

He is already serving 23 years in jail after he was convicted of rape and sexual assault at his first sexual assault trial in New York.

Weinstein was found guilty on Monday of rape and two sexual assault charges involving an accuser known as Jane Doe 1, to protect her anonymity.

The jury could not reach verdicts on allegations by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, and a woman known as Jane Doe 2. A mistrial was declared on those counts.

He was also acquitted of sexual battery against an accuser known as Jane Doe 3.

The Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love and Pulp Fiction producer and co-founder of the entertainment company Miramax was wearing a grey suit and looked pale at the court in Los Angeles on Monday.

He was not using a wheelchair as he had done at previous court appearances.

When he heard guilty on count one, the former Hollywood producer looked down. Then the court clerk read guilty on count two and he looked at his lawyer. At one point he stared at the jury.

The court at the Los Angeles trial heard from dozens of witnesses in more than four weeks of often emotional testimony.

But Monday’s verdict focused on allegations by four women stemming from 2005-13.

The jury of eight men and four women spent nine days deliberating on three charges of rape and four other sexual assault counts. (BBC)