Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles trial begins

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Three years after Harvey Weinstein was convicted in New York of rape and sexual assault, Los Angeles prosecutors will begin making the case this morning that the disgraced film mogul used his power and influence as a Hollywood kingmaker to sexually assault women in L.A. and Beverly Hills.

Weinstein, 70, was sentenced to 23 years in prison after a blockbuster 2020 trial in Manhattan. He has yet to be tried in connection with a slew of alleged assaults in Southern California from 2004-13, when he was at the height of his powers as co-founder of industry giant Miramax.

The mogul has been accused of sex crimes by more than 80 women since 2017, when investigations by the New York Times and the New Yorker brought his alleged abuses into the public eye and made Weinstein a central antagonist of the #MeToo movement, all but ending his career. He has denied all wrongdoing.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office first brought charges against Weinstein in January 2020, on the eve of his Manhattan trial. The L.A. case — which is expected to last at least six weeks — will feature a cross-section of celebrities and political power players and testimony about sexual assaults he allegedly committed against five women.

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