US President Donald Trump speaks throughout a press convention in New Delhi on February 25, 2020. Mandel NGAN / AFP
Harvey Weinstein’s conviction for rape and sexual assault was a “great victory” for ladies and sends a “very strong message”, US President Donald Trump stated Tuesday.
The Hollywood film producer was discovered responsible on Monday by a New York courtroom in a verdict hailed as a historic landmark by the #MeToo motion towards sexual misconduct.
“From the standpoint of women, I think it was a great thing,” Trump stated at a information convention in India.
“It was a great victory. And sends a very strong message, very, very strong 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 Heart in Manhattan with chest pains.
“He was a person I didn’t like,” Trump stated at a press convention in New Delhi. “I just was not a fan of his. I knew him a little bit, not very well.”
Trump, who will lead the Republican social gathering into elections in November, stated Weinstein was intently linked to the Democratic Get together.
“The people that liked him were the Democrats,” he stated.
“Michelle Obama loved him. Hillary Clinton loved him. And he gave tremendous money to the Democrats.”
Greater than 80 ladies have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct since allegations towards him ignited a world reckoning in 2017 towards males abusing positions of energy.
With many claims too outdated to prosecute, the jury thought-about costs associated to simply two: ex-actress Jessica Mann and former manufacturing assistant Mimi Haleyi.
Weinstein is because of be sentenced on March 11.