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in the wake of two guilty verdicts, harvey weinstein will wake up in a new york hospital with the reality that he's facing 5 to 25 years behind bars a huge victory for survivors of sexual violence. >> the stars were shining bright as emotions ran high during a powerfully emotional memorial service for kobe bryant. his daughter, and the seven others who perished. plus, vanessa bryant nield a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company >> we are live this morning in one of the new coronavirus hot spots with the latest details on the looming pandemic >> we remember a pioneering woman who helped put americans
in space nasa legend katherine johnson. "early today" starts right now good morning, i'm frances rivera >> and i'm phillip mena. a hollywood giant's moment of reckoning. after weeks of harrowing testimony and five days of deliberations, a jury found harvey weinstein guilty of rape and a criminal sex act weinstein's verdict has marked a new era in the battle against sexual harassment with newspaper headlines around the world chronicling the fall of the man who became the symbol of the me too movement here's nbc's stephanie gosk. >> reporter: good morning. weinstein, once one of the most powerful men in hollywood is waking up a convicted sex offender he's in a medicalfacility at the notorious facility on rikers island harvey weinstein, once one of hollywood's most influential power brokers, behind bars a convicted sex offender after more than four days of deliberations, the jury here in new york found the 67-year-old
guilty of two counts of sexual assault, including rape. the district attorney calls the decision a moment that will change the course of history >> this is the new landscape for survivors of sexual assault in america, i believe, and this is a new day. >> reporter: the media mogul faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, acquitted of the most serious charge predatory sexual assault, which could have put him behind bars for life those charges based, in part, on annabella's rape accusation. she said, we can never regret breaking the silence she testified during the trial >> i never for once thought he would be held accountable. and that's a big part of why i never spoke up, because he is him, and i was me. but that's changed now >> reporter: she says weinstein raped her in 2005, one of three witnesses who was brought in by prosecutors to establish a pattern of sexual assault.
what message do you think this verdict sends today >> that it's okay, you have permission, and you should speak up for yourself. >> reporter: more than 100 women have accused weinstein of sexual misconduct since block buster reports broke in "the new york times" fueling the me too movement while this case centered on the accusations of only three women, it was widely seen as a pivotal moment for all of weinstein's accusers women like caitlyn delanie >> i certainly never thought that this would happen, not even three years ago. i lived with this inside of myself >> reporter: actress mira sorvino tweeted, more to come, my sisters #weinstein guilty. as the jury read the verdict, weinstein showed little reaction >> he didn't react, didn't cry all he kept saying was over and over again, i'm innocent, i'm innocent >> reporter: weinstein has long
denied having consensual sex >> i personally do not believe as i said all along that harvey weinstein is guilty of committing these crimes. >> reporter: weinstein is at a medical facility at rikers island awaiting his sentencing on march 11. soon after that, the defense says it will appeal. weinstein's sentencing hearing is set to take place on march 11th, but this is far from over for weinstein. he faces two more felony charges out in los angeles including rape he will have to be extradited to l.a. to face his accusers there. phillip? >> stephanie, thank you. >> it was an emotional star studded celebration for the lives of kobe and gianna bryant. the powerful ceremony giving fans a final chance to cement bryant's legacy. the event was marked by stirring performances featuring artists like beyonce and a tearful tribute from vanessa bryant who spoke out publicly for the first time nbc's miguel almaguer was at the staples center
♪ ♪ >> reporter: the tribute, the heart break and the still unbearable loss. this, the final good-bye to kobe bryant and daughter gianna >> my baby girl. >> reporter: an overwhelming wave of emotion as vanessa bryant took the stage, speaking publicly the first time, celebrating her daughter gigi. >> her smile took up her entire face like mine kobe always said she's me. she had my fire, my personality and sarcasm. she was tender and loving on the inside >> reporter: the grief still vivid for her husband. >> i couldn't see him as a celebrity, nor just an incredible basketball player he was my sweet husband and the beautiful father of our children he was mine. he was my everything ♪ ♪ >> reporter: tens of thousands gathered here to celebrate all
of the victims, including the seven others who died when their helicopter crashed in foggy weather. family members and friends all gone too soon. >> i can only imagine how painful this is for them >> reporter: from across the country, fans came in droves, draped in purple and gold, gathering in the house that kobe built for a tearful good-bye remembering him at center court where bryant held court for 20 years. the crowd erupting when michael jordan walked on stage >> in the game of basketball, in life, as a parent, kobe left nothing in the tank. he left it all on the floor. >> reporter: jordan, an idol, turned rival, then lifelong friend >> when kobe bryant died, a piece of me died please rest in peace, little
brother. >> reporter: in the stands where they cheered for bryant through five championships, there were tears. but at times also laughter >> now it's time for us to continue the legacy. i'll look after things up here i'll be sure to teach natalial i can't and baby all your moves and i promise not to teach them my free-throw techniques [ laughter ] >> reporter: a man much bigger than basketball, always the loving husband and father. >> god knew they couldn't be on this earth without each other. he had to bring them home to heaven together. babe, you take care of our gigi. and i got nani, bei bei and cocoa. we're still the best team. >> reporter: the memorial for kobe bryant lasted three hours it was incredibly emotional inside especially when vanessa
bryant spoke we also learned vanessa bryant filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the helicopter company saying they should not have been flying in that weather but it was all about remembering those nine lives that were lost here frances, back to you >> all right, miguel, thank you. >> the death toll from the deadly coronavirus continues to grow this morning. it now stands at over 2600 with most in mainland china but new hot spots are popping up in south korea, iran and italy the outbreak is having a global effect on travel, wall street and more while the u.s. is dealing with a relatively low number of cases compared to other countries, the white house is asking for money to help combat the spread of the virus. for more on the outbreak we turn to nbc's kelley cobiella who is live for us in seoul, south korea. kelly, how much is the president asking for here? >> reporter: phillip, good morning. well, the white house is asking for $2.5 billion from congress to help fight the coronavirus. more than a billion of that going toward developing a new
vaccine. the president tweeting about the fight overnight from his trip in india, saying we are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries, cdc and world health has been working hard and are very smart stock markets starting to look very good to me. of course, stocks globally are shaken by this outbreak as the dow jones had its worst day in nearly two years yesterday dropping a thousand points and the state department has now put out a new warning for people traveling to this country, south korea, advising against nonessential travel here because of what they call a widespread community ransmission. the outbreak here in south korea is centered around the city southeast of here, 180 miles from seoul cases jumped again overnight to nearly a thousand now. 977 cases of coronavirus and two more deaths overnight sadly, total of ten deaths from the virus so far here.
among those infected is a korean air crew member. globally, the deaths are now -- cases -- the cases are now well over 77,000. 77,600 worldwide and most concerning to the world health organization are these infections in italy, iran, 12 deaths there, and here in south korea. they are calling these outbreaks, quote, deeply concerning phillip? >> all right, kelly cobiella with the latest on the coronavirus. kelly, thank you >> from global health to the global economy, the coronavirus outbreak is also affecting wall street, sending stocks plunging and investors scrambling after a spike in the number of reported cases outside of mainland china. here's nbc's tom costello with what you need to know. >> reporter: on wall street, a sea of red the dow down more than a thousand points. 3.5% >> an ugly day for wall street, the worst we've seen for stocks
in years >> reporter: the stock market in a steep nose dive over concern the coronavirus is already cutting into the global economy. the market erasing all of its gains from 2020. among the hardest-hit stocks, companies dependent on chinese supply lines and international travel, including apple, nike, marriott, united airlines, carnival and norwegian cruise lines. and pharmaceutical companies concerned drugs made in china could come into short supply >> it's not just the pharmaceutical industry. it's the auto industry it's the consumer products industry so many american companies have staked their production on china. >> reporter: meanwhile, small u.s. companies are also getting worried. omg accessories sells products for kids and tweens too big u.s. retailers. but like many companies, manufacturing has been shutdown a month already. >> we do all the developing, all the sampling our whole team and creative team is out there in china. >> reporter: manufacturing on hold as the coronavirus spreads.
also sliding oil prices on concern that a slowing economy won't need as much oil and gas to fuel it so unleaded gas is now averaging 2.47 a gal ton that's down a nickel in just a month. frances? >> tom, thank you. >> heavy rain has caused devastation in western bolivia the downpours triggering mudslides and causing moran a dozen homes to collapse. fortunately there haven't been reports of serious injuries. families had to evacuate meaning they had to leave their belongings behind. >> let's get a check of the weather with meteorologist janessa webb >> it's a game changer for the midwest, upper midwest we have this monster storm that is headed your way you see some satellite composite radar, we're going to continue to see the moisture flow in here predominantly it's going to be rain for today but then it starts to transition into a lot of snow for chicago into the ohio valleyures we're m
maine to the mid-atlantic. daytime highs mid 50s. i know it's been glorious across the northeast >> it has. >> a game changer is headed our way. >> it is a winter. that's a reminder right there. >> chuck schumer said he's guilty as charged for having a sweet tooth. the senator admitted he spent over $8600 on cheesecake he said junior's cheesecake is his guilty pleasure. >> an award-winning person from britain fell nearly 10 to 15 feet deep he climbed out unhurt after 20 minutes. >> former yankee short stop ctn r jeter's shirt sold at
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brilliant african-american mathematicians during the space race one of them, katherine johnson died on monday she helped push frontiers in space while breaking barriers and making history nbc's rehema ellis has more on her extraordinary life >> reporter: katherine johnson's fascination with numbers started early on growing up in west virginia >> i counted everything. i counted plates when i washed dishes i counted steps from home to church >> breaking race and gender barriers in the 1960s jim crow america, johnson helped chart the flight path for america's first space mission with alan shepherd when john glen was chose tone orbit the earth, he insisted johnson conclude the calculations >> he knew if i had done it, it was right. >> reporter: the former head of nasa said a few years ago, johnson was always given the hardest calculations do you think it was surprising when people found out it was a
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in today's top stories, a south florida man is being called a hero for saving a woman whose car crashed into a canal after she suffered a seizure look at it here. when sean turner saw it happen, he jumped right into the canal, climbed into the car and was able to save the woman as the car was sinking fast turner and others pulled her to shore. >> that's incredible video there. just hours after speaking at kobe bryant's memorial, a college basketball star made some history of her own. morgan sabrina yunesco became the first player in ncaa history to reach 2000 points, 1,000 assists and a thousand rebounds. sabrina needed nine more
rebounds to hit the milestone. she got 12 of them last night, helping her team secure a win against stanford she was widely expected to be selected as the first overall pick in the upcoming wnba draft and she did it 224-20. which is her number. >> what a coincidence. we're going to remember that name there is new controversy this morning for amazon nbc's joe fryer reports on the new amazon prime series sparking outrage over its fictional depiction of the holocaust >> reporter: though inspired by true events, the new amazon prime series, "hunters," is largely fiction. >> who would nazis. >> reporter: oscar winner al pacino plays a holocaust survivor it depicts auschwitz using prisoners as human chess pieces. the auschwitz memorial writes,
inventing a fake game of human chess is not only dangerously foolish in caricature, it encourages future deniers. the series was created by 23 -- 31-year-old david wild whose mother was a holocaust survivor. that attracted pacino he said in an interview before the controversy. >> it's art in a way when it's personal >> reporter: wild says to be respectful to real victims, he created fictionalized events, including the chess match. it is true that nazis perpetuated widespread saidism and torture and even incidents of cruel games against their victims. i simply did not bawant to depit those real acts of trauma. they discussed how best to keep the stories of holocaust survivors alive. joe fryer, nbc news.
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[ sirens ] right now at 4:30, sirens blasting on bay area freeways. how police led a 30-mile chase spanning several cities and how it all came to an end. >> the major changes that could soon come for san francisco power players in the wake of then ongoing corruption scandal. and good tuesday morning. thanks for starting right here with us. i'm marcus washington. >> and i'm laura garcia. we'll get to the morning compute. but first let's check the forecast with kari. >> it is clear and milder as we check out where we are beginning in livermore. de