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Conviction of Harvey Weinstein for rape overturned in landmark #MeToo trial

New York’s highest court overturned Harvey Weinstein’s 2020 rape conviction due to legal technicalities, shocking those who celebrated the #MeToo era. The ruling allows Weinstein, already imprisoned in Los Angeles, to face a retrial in New York, reopening discussions on sexual misconduct by powerful figures. The Court of Appeals criticized the trial judge for allowing testimony on uncharged allegations, emphasizing that this decision does not exonerate Weinstein’s behavior. Advocates expressed disappointment, emphasizing the impact on attitudes towards sexual assault. Despite the setback, a retrial is expected, potentially leading to Weinstein’s conviction and ensuring he remains behind bars.


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