Weinstein found guilty of sexual assault, rape,

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10493434k) Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein (2-L) departs New York State Supreme Court following a bail hearing related to his upcoming trial on charges of rape and sexual assault at in New York, New York, USA, 06 December 2019. Weinstein's trial is scheduled to start early next month. Harvey Weinstein Court Hearing, New York, USA - 06 Dec 2019

Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sexual assault and rape in a New York court on Monday and taken away in handcuffs, a turning point for the #MeToo movement that inspired women to publicly accuse powerful men of misconduct.

Weinstein, 67, was found guilty of sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, in 2013.

The jury of seven men and five women acquitted Weinstein on the most serious charges. Those carried a potential life sentence.

Justice James Burke ordered Weinstein to be held in custody.

Officers helped Weinstein unsteadily to his feet before leading him away in handcuffs.

He faces up to 25 years in prison on the sexual assault conviction. He was also convicted of third degree rape – sexual intercourse without consent – which carries a prison sentence of up to four years.

His sentencing hearing was set for March 11.

Weinstein’s lawyer Arthur Aidala quoted Weinstein as saying to him after the verdict, “I’m innocent. I’m innocent. How can this happen in America?

Weinstein was being taken to a medical facility at Rikers Island jail, Aidala said outside the courtroom.

We will have a very professional appeal done by the best and the brightest in the business,” he said.

A long legal battle in the appeals courts is likely to ensue.

Weinstein still faces sexual assault charges in California, which were announced just hours after his New York trial began on Jan. 6. Dozens of women have also filed civil lawsuits against him.

More than 80 women, including famous actresses, had accused him of sexual misconduct stretching back decades.

He had denied the accusations and said any sexual encounters were consensual.

Weinstein made his mark with critically acclaimed films such as “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love.”