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Harvey Weinstein Sexual Assault Lawsuit Unfolded

By: Accountability News Staff PUBLISHED: MARCH 22, 2020

Harvey Weinstein's multiple sexual assault and harassment allegations eventually caught up with the Hollywood producer, but they were rarely spoken with much volume. Only did the allegations gather the publicity that culminated a judge to sentence Weinstein to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual abuse. Here is the timeline of allegations:

  • 1993-94: Annabella Sciorra, the actress on The Sopranos, claims that Weinstein raped her at her Manhattan apartment after an industry dinner.

  • Summer 2004: Weinstein allegedly forces Lucia Evans to perform oral sex The former actress told The New Yorker that Weinstein raped her in his office in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood. Evans stated that he forced her to perform oral sex against her will.

  • July 10, 2006: Weinstein allegedly forced himself on Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant at Weinstein's previous production company, states that Weinstein ignored her objections, pulled out her tampon and forcibly performed oral sex on her. Haleyi's claim was included in a second round of charges against Weinstein.

  • Feb. 18, 2013: A pair of anonymous incidents in Los Angeles Los Angeles prosecutors filed four charges against Weinstein: one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force and sexual battery by restraint.

  • March 18, 2013: Alleged rape in New York City Two charges against Weinstein: first- and third-degree rape. It was not until the trial's opening statements that prosecutors released the name of the alleged victim, Jessica Mann. Mann says Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her.

  • Oct. 5, 2017: The New York Times publishes allegations The Times' story, written by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, focused on allegations by a series of assistants and actresses, such as Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan. Weinstein, in a statement released that same day, pledged to take a leave of absence and acknowledged that "I have a long way to go."

  • Oct. 10, 2017: The New Yorker's website publishes more allegations Journalist Ronan Farrow's piece in the New Yorker focused on a slew of other accusations — including the allegation by Lucia Evans that had been included in and but was later dropped from the list of criminal charges Weinstein faces in New York.

  • Oct. 14, 2017: Weinstein is expelled from the Academy Weinstein is expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the influential organization responsible for the Oscars.

  • March 19, 2018: The Weinstein Company files for bankruptcy

  • May 25, 2018: Weinstein surrenders to the police The former producer arrives at the New York Police Department's 1st Precinct in Lower Manhattan, where he submits to arrest. It is Weinstein's first arrest in connection with the sexual assault allegations. About a week and a half later, Weinstein pleads not guilty to the charges, which will change significantly as new information comes to light.

  • July 2, 2018: Additional charges against Weinstein Manhattan DA Vance announces the filing of a superseding grand jury indictment, which adds charges connected with a third incident in 2006. Mimi Haleyi had come forward with her story more than half a year earlier, saying that during her time working at The Weinstein Company, Weinstein orally forced himself on her in his New York City home. Weinstein plead not guilty to the new charges.

  • Dec. 11, 2019: The Weinstein Company strikes tentative deal with alleged victims The deal contains $25 million earmarked for Weinstein's alleged victims, including more than 30 actresses and former employees. It does not, however, require an admission of wrongdoing or any personal payments from Weinstein.

  • Jan. 6, 2020: Trial in New York City begins. Weinstein's trial opens in Manhattan. The charges Weinstein faces are as follows:

  • Two counts of predatory sexual assault, One count of rape in the first degree, One count of rape in the third degree, One count of criminal sexual act in the first degree.

  • Feb. 24, 2020: Manhattan jury finds Weinstein guilty. Jurors convict the former producer of two of the five counts he faced: third-degree rape and a first-degree criminal sexual act.

  • March 11, 2020: Weinstein receives 23-year prison sentence The sentence handed down in a Manhattan courtroom includes 20 years for first-degree criminal sexual act and three years for third-degree rape — nearly the maximum allowed under New York state law.

Weinstein's victims "refused to be silent, and they were heard," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says in a statement after the sentencing hearing.

Weinstein's legal team plan to appeal the verdict.

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