Weinstein is serving a 23-year prison sentence in New Yorkafter being sentenced in this city for a series of sexual assaults.
The 70-year-old producer now faces 11 other charges, including rape and forced oral sex against women at hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013. This trial is expected to take about two months.
If convicted, the movie mogul – who has pleaded not guilty to all charges – could be sentenced to another 140 years behind bars. Jury selection will begin Monday at a courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.
Accusations of sexual harassment and abuse against Weinstein exploded in October 2017. His conviction in New York in 2020 was a watershed for the #MeToo movement.
In June, he lost an attempt to reverse these sex crime convictions. He has also been separately indicted by British prosecutors for an indecent assault on a woman in London in 1996. In total, nearly 90 women including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek have accused Weinstein of assault or harassment.
He claims all sexual encounters were consensualand his attorney told reporters that the Los Angeles allegations “are many years old” so they cannot be “corroborated by forensic evidence” or “credible witnesses.”
This week, in addition, the film opens she said at the New York Film Festival. The production deals with the 2017 journalistic investigation into Weinstein that unleashed the fall of his film empire.
Before the allegations against him, Harvey and his brother Bob were among the most powerful producers in Hollywood. Together they founded Miramax Films, a distribution company created in 1979 and whose name pays homage to his mother Miriam and his father Max. Disney bought the firm in 1993.
Among his successes is shakespeare passionatefrom 1998, for which Weinstein shared an Oscar for best picture. Over the years, her productions have received more than 300 nominations for the coveted awards and 81 statuettes.