Trial set to begin Monday for former director Harvey Weinstein

Jury selection is due to begin Monday in the trial of former film producer Harvey Weinstein, who was extradited from New York to Los Angeles on sex-related charges involving five women.

Weinstein, now 70, was originally charged in January 2020 by Los Angeles County prosecutors with forcible rape, forced oral copulation and forcible sexual penetration involving a woman on February 18, 2013, and forcible sexual assault involving another woman per day. later.

Weinstein was later charged in April 2020 with forcible sexual assault involving another woman. In November 2020, prosecutors added six more charges — three counts each of forcible rape and forced oral copulation — involving two alleged victims in Beverly Hills between 2004 and 2010.

The grand jury later indicted Weinstein on the same counts.

Weinstein was extradited from New York, where he was convicted of raping an aspiring actress and of a criminal sex act against a former production assistant. The state’s highest court has since agreed to hear his appeal in that case.

The trial in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom — including the jury selection process — is expected to last about two months.

Weinstein – who remains behind bars – produced such films as ‘Shakespeare in Love’, which won the 1999 Oscar for Best Picture, and ‘Pulp Fiction’.

A series of articles in The New York Times and The New Yorker in 2017 detailed a long history of sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein that led to his downfall and became a catalyst for the #MeToo movement.

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