Harvey Weinstein retrial begins in Los Angeles
Former producer Harvey Weinstein at the Los Angeles Courthouse on October 4, 2022.
The new rape and sexual assault trial of disgraced ex-Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein opened Monday in Los Angeles with jury selection.
The 70-year-old producer of Pulp Fiction has already been convicted in New York, where he has been serving a 23-year prison sentence since 2020 for sexual assault and rape.
This new trial coincides almost to the day with the fifth anniversary of the #MeToo movement, sparked by revelations of his sexual predatory behavior.
Harvey Weinstein appeared in a Los Angeles court on Monday. Angeles in a wheelchair, with a dark blue suit and light blue tie. He is due to appear there for the next two months.
Jury selection, which could span the entire first week, began Monday under the supervision of Judge Lisa Lench.
He faces 11 counts for alleged acts committed on 5 women at hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013.
S' convicted, Harvey Weinstein – who pleaded not guilty to all counts – could be sentenced to more than 100 additional years behind bars.
His conviction in March 2020 in New York, followed by an immediate imprisonment and whose appeal was rejected, was a major victory for the #MeToo movement.
In total, nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosanna Arquette, have accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment, sexual assault or rape. But the statute of limitations has been exceeded in many of these cases, some dating back to 1977.
The ex-producer is also charged in the UK with sexual assault which would date back to 1996.
Among the five accusers – all of whom will appear in Los Angeles under the pseudonym Jane Doe – is Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Like many other women, my client was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein during an alleged business meeting that turned out to be be a trap, his lawyer Elizabeth Fegan told the newspaper.
She intends to testify during her trial in order to obtain some form of justice for the victims and improve the condition of women, she added.
Siebel Newsom, a film producer, previously wrote about Mr. Weinstein's behavior in a 2017 essay, but did not elaborate on the alleged assaults .
According to Mr. Weinstein's lawyer, Mark Werksman, quoted by the Los Angeles Times, well-known personalities, seen in films, in advertisements, will testify during the trial.
The former producer has always assured that all his accusers were consenting.
The allegations are unproven, uncredible and unsubstantiated, Mark Werksman told reporters in July 2021, arguing that there was no medical evidence. -legal or credible witness to support them.
Mr. Weinstein's retrial also coincides with the premiere of the film She Said, which premieres next week at the New York Film Festival and which retraces the investigation of the two journalists from New York Times on the grip and misdeeds of the all-powerful producer.
Before his fall, his influence on Hollywood was immense. Over the years, films produced by Mr. Weinstein, such as Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, have received more than 300 Oscar nominations and 81 statuettes.