Trump, accused of sexual misconduct himself, hails Weinstein verdict Feb 26, 2020 0 1032 12345 AFPNew YorkHarvey Weinstein’s sex crimes conviction was a “great victory” for women, US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday -- without acknowledging the numerous accusations of sexual misconduct he has faced.The disgraced Hollywood movie producer was found guilty on Monday of rape and sexual assault in a verdict hailed as a historic landmark by the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct.“From the standpoint of women, I think it was a great thing,” Trump said at a conference in India. “It was a great victory. And sends a very strong message, very, very strong message,” he added.Weinstein, 67, was acquitted of first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault by the New York court, charges that could have seen him jailed for life. But he faces up to 29 years in prison for criminal sexual acts in the first degree and third-degree rape.“He was a person I didn’t like,” Trump told reporters in New Delhi. “I just was not a fan of his. I knew him a little bit, not very well.” Trump, 73, failed to mention that at least 16 women have accused him of sexual misconduct.Among them is prominent writer E Jean Carroll who alleges that Trump raped her in the changing room of a luxury New York department store in the mid-1990s. She is suing him for defamation, claiming that his denials of the alleged attack, in which he said, “She’s not my type,” had damaged her reputation and career.Summer Zervos, a one-time contestant on Trump’s reality television show “The Apprentice,” has also sued him for defamation after he said she lied in claiming that he groped and forcibly kissed her.Trump denies all the allegations and has never been prosecuted over them. A month before his election victory in November 2016, a ten-year-old tape came to light in which the former reality TV star and real estate tycoon bragged about assaulting women.Trump, who will lead the Republican party into elections in November as he seeks a second term as president, tried to score political points on Weinstein’s guilty verdicts.“The people that liked him were the Democrats,” he said. RELATED ARTICLES More coronavirus deaths, infections outside China raise pandemic fears Feb 26, 2020 0 573 Assange stripped naked and handcuffed, lawyer tells court Feb 26, 2020 0 399 13 killed, 150 injured in Delhi riots Feb 26, 2020 0 938 One dead, homes flooded after heavy rains in Indonesia Jakarta: Floods hit large sections of the Indonesian capital Jakarta and its surrounding areas on Tuesday after days of rain, inundating thousands of homes and killing at least one person. Floodwaters were recorded at .. Pakistan releases Pashtun rights activist from jail Peshawar: A leading Pakistani ethnic minority rights activist known for criticising the country’s powerful armed forces was released from jail on Tuesday, weeks after a court granted him bail. Manzoor Pashteen has .. Sweden summons Chinese ambassador over jailing of Swedish book publisher Stockholm: Sweden’s foreign ministry on Tuesday summoned the Chinese ambassador after Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai was jailed in China for 10 years on charges of illegally providing intelligence abroad. Gui, one .. COVID-19 spreads beyond Italy to other European countries Rome: New cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed on Tuesday throughout Europe, in the continent’s hotspot of Italy, but also in Austria, Croatia, Spain and Switzerland, even as European health ministers were .. Top US official urges Afghans to unite for Taliban talks amid election dispute Washington: The United States on Tuesday urged Afghan leaders to unite for upcoming talks with the Taliban, pointedly not congratulating President Ashraf Ghani on his disputed victory. In a statement a week after the .. Brexit talks turn sour as EU, UK clash AFP Brussels Britain and Brussels clashed Tuesday over upcoming Brexit talks, with London roundly rejecting key elements of the EU’s negotiating platform, setting up an acrimonious start to negotiations next week. ..