Harvey Weinstein's 2020 rape conviction overturned

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein

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# 25 April 2024 17:41 (UTC +04:00)

Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's 2020 rape conviction has been overturned by New York's top court, on the basis that he did not receive a fair trial, APA reports citing BBC.

The New York Court of Appeals found that prosecutors were allowed to call witnesses whose accusations were not part of the trial.

The ruling said that meant he was tried on past behaviour and not solely on the crimes he was charged with.

Weinstein, 72, will remain in prison for a separate conviction for rape.

The New York court reached its decision on Thursday 4-3, and ordered a new trial.

The Weinstein case was one of the most prominent to arise from the #MeToo movement, which exposed sexual abuse and misbehaviour at the highest levels of the Hollywood film industry and beyond.

His conviction, heralded by activists as a landmark, was first heard by New York's Court of Appeals in February.

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