Another trial for Harvey Weinstein will open in Los Angeles on Monday

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Another trial for Harvey Weinstein will open in Los Angeles on Monday

Five years after revelations about his predatory behavior and after the movement began #MeToo, the ousted producer will face a new trial in Los Angeles.

Ex-producer will face additional sexual assault charges.

Already sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexual assault and rape in New York, ex-movie producer Harvey Weinstein will be tried in a new trial which begins Monday in Los Angeles by jury selection.

In this retrial in a city where he once reigned supreme, Harvey Weinstein is accused of raping or sexually assaulting five alleged victims in hotels between 2004 and 2013.

He faces four counts of rape and seven other counts of sexual assault against five women, who will appear in court as Jane Doe to testify.

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Four other women were allowed to speak on the stand about the sexual assaults inflicted by the ex-American producer, which however did not lead to charges but which will demonstrate to jurors his propensity to commit such acts. acts, according to prosecutors.

The trial, where the defendant again pleaded not guilty, is expected to last eight weeks.

Aged 70-year-old Harvey Weinstein has been serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault and rape in New York since 2020.

If convicted again, the former Hollywood mogul faces up to 140 years in prison in addition to his New York conviction, the appeal of which was dismissed. He is also accused in the United Kingdom for sexual assaults which date back to 1996.

In California, Harvey Weinstein is notably accused of having raped an Italian model in a hotel in Beverly Hills in February 2013, then of sexually assaulting up-and-coming actress Lauren Young in the bathroom of another hotel.

This one, the only accuser not to be anonymous in this case, had already testified at the trial in New York.

Holding a new trial in Los Angeles is essential for the victims , had hammered the lawyer of several of them last year, pointing out that they have so far had no access to justice.

The sprawling charges of Mr. Weinstein's predatory behavior erupted in 2017. His March 2020 conviction in New York, followed by immediate imprisonment, was a major victory for the #MeToo movement.

< p class="e-p">In total, nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosanna Arquette, have accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment, sexual assault or rape. However, the statute of limitations has been exceeded in many of these cases, some dating back to 1977.

Several stars, including Gwyneth Paltrow, have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assaults in the past (archives).

< p class="e-p">The former producer has always assured that all his accusers were consenting.

The allegations are unproven, uncredible and unsubstantiated, his attorney, Mark Werksman, told reporters in July 2021, arguing that there was no forensic evidence or credible witnesses to back them up. .

At the New York trial, the prosecution asked jurors to believe the word of the victims without presenting forensic evidence and without calling witnesses to the bar.

Since the fall of Mr. Weinstein, the liberation of speech provoked by the #MeToo movement has brought to light an impressive number of accusations that have led to numerous legal proceedings.

For example, actor Kevin Spacey is currently on trial in New York in a civil lawsuit brought by American actor Anthony Rapp, who accuses him of sexual assault when he was 14 in 1986 .

Kevin Spacey, also prosecuted for sexual assault in New York, upon his arrival at court in Nantucket in January 2019. His lawyer Alan Jackson accompanies him (archives).

The new Mr. Weinstein's trial also coincides with the premiere of the film She Said, which will be presented next week at the New York Film Festival and which traces the investigation of the two New York journalists Times on the grip and misdeeds of the all-powerful producer.

Before his fall, his influence on Hollywood was immense. At the end of the 1970s, he had founded the Miramax studio with his brother, sold to Disney in 1993, then The Weinstein Company, behind great successes, for example Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino. p>

Over the years, films produced by Weinstein have received over 300 Oscar nominations and 81 statuettes.

With information from The Associated Press, and Agence France- Hurry

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