On Monday, Harvey Weinstein, 67, was faced with two guilty verdicts out of the five charges against him.

Jurors took five days to deliberate before returning their verdict.

He was found guilty on two charges: one of committing a criminal sex act in the first-degree on one woman, and rape in the third-degree involving another.

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He was acquitted of the other three charges: predatory sexual assault involving two women, and one count of first-degree rape.

The charges were based on testimonies from Miriam Haley, a former production assistant, and Jessica Mann, a former actress.

He is now awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for 11th March.

The conviction ensures that Weinstein will face a minimum of five years in prison, with the maximum sentence being 25 years.

The conviction is being described as a turning point in the #MeToo movement, which was founded in 2006 by Tarana Burke.

Burke used social media platform MySpace to begin the movement.

On receiving the news of the conviction, Burke wrote on the Me Too website to praise the bravery of the victims and those who offered support: “Today, a jury confirmed what we all know: Harvey Weinstein committed sexual assault. This wouldn’t have been possible without the voices of the silence breakers in and outside of the courtroom, the survivors who courageously testified, and the jurors who, despite an unrelenting and unethical defence strategy, voted to find an unremorseful Harvey Weinstein guilty.”

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Burke refers to the defence strategy, which was to argue that the sexual encounters were consensual.

Weinstein’s defence attorney, Donna Rutonno, said she had never experienced sexual assault herself, saying: “I would never put myself in that position.” Burke told CNN that she found such comments to be “doubling down on stereotypes” concerning victims of rape and sexual assault.

Following the trial, Weinstein was taken to Bellevue Hospital in New York.

Rutonno informed the media that this was due to Weinstein suffering from chest pains and heart palpitations.

Weinstein remains in hospital but is expected to be taken to Rikers Island correctional facility once he is discharged.