USA: Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial begins in Los Angeles


At the latest, five alleged victims are expected to testify during the two-month case, which began with jury selection Monday in the Los Angeles trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The 70-year-old “Pulp Fiction” producer is currently serving a 23-year sentence in a New York prison after being convicted of multiple sex crimes.

He now faces 11 additional charges, including restraint-based sexual abuse, forcible rape and forced oral intercourse against women at hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to all charges and faces an additional sentence of more than 100 years in prison if convicted.

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On Monday, a group of reporters gathered outside the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles where the former Hollywood power player was due to appear.

In October 2017, multiple allegations of Weinstein’s sexual assault and harassment erupted, and his conviction in New York in 2020 served as a turning point for the #MeToo movement.

He unsuccessfully tried to have that sex crimes conviction overturned in June. In addition, she faces separate proceedings from British prosecutors for the 1996 indecent assault of a woman in London.

Nearly 90 women have accused Weinstein of harassment or assault, including Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

(With contributions from agencies)

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