Disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein is on trial Monday in Los Angeles, where he faces 11 sex crime charges.
The former “Pulp Fiction” producer was previously convicted in New York on similar charges and is serving a 23-year sentence in the state.
Weinstein’s case exploded from the pages of The New York Times in the early days of the so-called #MeToo Movement in October 2017.
His 2020 sentencing in New York State transformed the charges against him from stories told by some of Hollywood’s most famous women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek, into a criminal conviction.
What will happen in court?
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the downtown Los Angeles court.
The 70-year-old faces charges of forcible sexual assault, forced rape and forced oral copulation. The crimes are alleged to have taken place between 2004 and 2013 at hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.
The trial is expected to last two months. Weinstein, who is expected to plead not guilty to all charges, could face up to 140 additional years in prison.
Where are the cases against Weinstein?
In total, more than 90 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of indecent and often criminal behavior.
He argued that any sexual encounters he was involved in were consensual and that charges to the contrary are unproven and lack credible witnesses.
The New York Film Festival has announced that it will screen ‘She Said’ this week on the 2017 film New York Times investigating the allegations against Weinstein.
Prior to the release of the sex crime allegations exhibit, Harvey and his brother Bob were Hollywood’s ultimate power brokers. The brothers co-founded distribution company Miramax Films, which they sold to Disney in 1993.
Over the decades, Weinstein’s films have received more than 300 Oscar nominations, winning 81 times. Some of the hits he produced include ‘Good Will Hunting’, ‘Gangs of New York’, ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘The English Patient’.