Two years after the embarkment of the #MeToo movement, 67-year-old Harvey Weinstein finally heads to trial this morning. Weinstein will face charges in lower Manhattan put against him by Manhattan’s district attorney, Cyrus Vance, in 2018.
Vance charged the Oscar-winner with five counts of sex crimes in New York City relating to two women. The charges include rape and two counts of predatory assault.
Since accusations against the mega-producer began in the fall of 2017, more than 80 women have come forward with claims of sexual misconduct from Weinstein.
The accusations against Weinstein date back decades, from the early ’90s up until 2013.
The alleged victims include former friends, production assistants, and notable names in Hollywood including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rosanna Arquette, and perhaps his most outspoken accuser, Rose McGowan.
With a lengthy list of accusers, Weinstein will only be facing two in the courtroom, thus far.
One of Weinstein’s leading attorneys, Donna Rotunno, says she believes that the long list of accusers may help his case considering the limited number of charges currently at front.
Rotunno told CNN on Saturday, “Once the jury sits down and the jury hears that this is only about two women, I think they start to wonder how truthful those other circumstances are or, if there were so many, why aren’t they a part of the criminal case?”
The jury selection will begin Tuesday of this week.
The 2017 Weinstein bombshell is the flame that sparked the #MeToo movement.
#MeToo is perhaps one of the most widespread movements to ever be covered. Finding an unbiased jury might be a challenge.
The trial is expected to last at least two months. Jury selection will last about two weeks and eight weeks of argument and testimony following.
Weinstein is expected to deny all accusations and argues that all encounters were consensual.
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