Filmmaker Harvey Weinstein was indicted Monday, January 6 for raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in Los Angeles. This indictment came the same day that his sex assault trial commenced in New York City.Weinstein was charged with one felony count each of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual penetration by use of force, and sexual battery by restraint.
Weinstein faces five felony charges in New York, based on claims by two women, one of whom remains anonymous. However, six women with sexual encounters with Weinstein will testify. Jury selection in the case is scheduled to begin today. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty, having long denied that any non-consensual sex happened.
The former film producer became tied to the MeToo movement after the New York Times and The New Yorker published reports from many women who said he had sexually assaulted or harassed them. More than 80 women all have since come forward.
If convicted of all charges, Weinstein faces up to 28 years in state prison.
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