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Jury goes week without verdict in Harvey Weinstein rape trial

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jurors in Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual misconduct trial in Los Angeles deliberated for a week without reaching a verdict.

The jury of eight men and four women returned home Friday afternoon and will return Monday morning to resume deliberations.

They must rule on two counts of rape and five other counts of sexual assault against the 70-year-old former movie mogul.

The jurors had no questions for the court that could provide insight into the status of their work.

They got the case at the end of the closing arguments on December 2. They deliberated for 5.5 days, or about 24 hours in total.

The only question raised, and the only time the lawyers returned to the courtroom in a week, came on Friday morning when one of the five alternate jurors asked if he could be excused due to travel plans. . Weinstein’s lawyers objected and the judge denied the request.

Weinstein still has more than 20 years left on his sentence in New York after a rape and sexual assault conviction that is on appeal.

In California, he could face 60 years to life in prison if convicted on all counts involving the four women he is accused of assaulting.

All four testified during the trial, along with four other accusers who testified for prosecutors attempting to show a propensity for such acts on Weinstein’s part.

Prosecutors urged jurors to end the ‘reign of terror’ of a man they called a ‘degenerate rapist’.

Weinstein’s attorneys argued that two of the women’s charges were entirely fabricated and that two others reframed the consensual sexual encounters as assault years later, after the #MeToo movement made Weinstein a target.

He pleaded not guilty and denied having non-consensual sex.

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