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On Monday, Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and criminal sexual assault, following a trial in which six women testified that he sexually assaulted them.
He faces up to 29 years behind bars, though he was acquitted of the two most serious charges, predatory sexual assault.
After the verdict was read, he was taken to the hospital before he was set to be taken to jail, where he’ll wait to be sentenced.
The announcement capped the latest chapter in the Hollywood mogul’s slow downfall, a result of what my colleagues reported in 2017 was a decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct and abuse in a series of articles that led to a global movement.
Mr. Weinstein still faces separate charges in Los Angeles.
In an unusual move, the authorities unveiled that case just as his trial in New York began.
According to The Los Angeles Times, the verdict in Manhattan will most likely help prosecutors’ case in California.
The verdict was a watershed moment.
“For so long these women believed that he was untouchable and could never be held responsible, but now the criminal justice system has found him guilty,” said Tarana Burke, the founder of the #MeToo movement. “That sends a powerful message.”
Here’s what else to read to help put it into context:
An analysis by Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor, who first told the stories of Mr. Weinstein’s accusers. They wrote that many of the women braced themselves for an acquittal. But the conviction suggests that accountability for sexual misconduct under the law could be aligning more with the court of public opinion.
The reactions of Ashley Judd and other accusers. “Finally.”
A look at how, in spite of efforts to diversify Hollywood on a number of fronts, the entertainment industry largely remains a man’s world.
An opinion piece from The Times’s editorial board examining the lessons from the yearslong effort to convict Mr. Weinstein.
A timeline of the Weinstein case.
Here’s what else we’re following
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Costa Mesa has started a legal fight with the state over a plan to house people infected with the coronavirus at a state-owned facility that once housed developmentally disabled people. Experts say the city’s move is highly unusual. The state says the move to block patients from coming to the city could set a troubling precedent. [The New York Times]
Federal regulators have ordered that Anderson Reservoir, Santa Clara County’s biggest, be completely drained by Oct. 1 because it could collapse during a major earthquake. It’s likely to significantly affect Silicon Valley’s water supply. [The Mercury News]
Also: Read more about how planners are using a $1.47 billion bridge replacement project in Long Beach to better understand seismic safety. [The New York Times]
For the first time, Fresno County is using an all vote-by-mail system. Already, turnout is far outpacing the county’s 2018 numbers. [The Fresno Bee]
After Oakland’s police chief was fired on Thursday, she defended her performance as the latest in a string of leaders to try to lift the department out from under federal oversight. She said she’s exploring her legal options. [East Bay Times]
The two 13-year-old boys accused of starting a blaze that killed two firefighters and destroyed Porterville’s main library won’t be tried as adults. The authorities asked for patience from the community. [Visalia Times Delta]
A 18-year-old rescuer found a septuagenarian couple who went missing in a forested area near Tomales Bay. They survived for a week by drinking from a muddy puddle and eating fern fronds. [Marin Independent Journal]
Intuit is set to buy Credit Karma in a $7.1 billion deal that highlights the value of something we all have and we all create: financial data. [The New York Times]
Gerald Ford bit into a tamale with its husk still on. Hillary Clinton stared down a cup of boba. A columnist wrote that voters of color deserve more than these kinds of “ethnic food” photo ops from presidential candidates. [The Los Angeles Times]
What is it like to run a high-end hair salon? Read Jayne Matthews’s work diary, about jetting back and forth between Edo salons in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. [The New York Times]
And Finally …
On Monday, thousands of Angelenos and basketball fans across Southern California watched as family members and friends paid tribute to Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, at the Staples Center.
It was a rare moment in which some of the most famous people in the world, like Beyoncé and Michael Jordan, grieved alongside fans from all walks of life.
Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s widow, spoke wrenchingly about losing her husband and her daughter.
“God knew they couldn’t be on this earth without each other,” she said. “He had to bring them home together.”
There were also moments of levity. Michael Jordan, who described Bryant as a little brother, spoke with tears rolling down his cheeks.
Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter, @jillcowan.
California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.