Harvey Weinstein’s conviction for rape and sexual assault was a “nice victory” for ladies and sends a “very sturdy message”, US President Donald Trump stated Tuesday.
The Hollywood film producer was discovered responsible on Monday by a New York court docket in a verdict hailed as a historic landmark by the #MeToo motion in opposition to sexual misconduct.
“From the standpoint of ladies, I believe it was an incredible factor,” Mr Trump stated at a information convention in India.
“It was an incredible victory. And sends a really sturdy message, very, very sturdy message.”
Weinstein, 67, was acquitted of first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault, costs that might have seen him jailed for all times.
However he faces as much as 29 years in jail for prison sexual acts within the first diploma and third-degree rape.
He was remanded in jail however was later admitted to Bellevue Hospital Middle in Manhattan with chest pains.
“He was an individual I did not like,” Mr Trump stated at a press convention in New Delhi. “I simply was not a fan of his. I knew him a little bit bit, not very nicely.”
Mr Trump, who will lead the Republican occasion into elections in November, stated Weinstein was intently linked to the Democratic Social gathering.
“The individuals that enjoyed him have been the Democrats,” he stated.
“Michelle Obama liked him. Hillary Clinton liked him. And he gave large cash to the Democrats.”
Greater than 80 ladies have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct since allegations in opposition to him ignited a world reckoning in 2017 in opposition to males abusing positions of energy.
With many claims too outdated to prosecute, the jury thought of costs associated to only two: ex-actress Jessica Mann and former manufacturing assistant Mimi Haleyi.
Weinstein is because of be sentenced on March 11.