At trial, Weinstein accused of using his power to rape women

Fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein used his immense power to rape women terrified of their careers to expose him, prosecutors thundered Monday in the almighty former producer’s second trial.

The 70-year-old former “king” of cinema, with major award-winning hits such as pulp fiction Where The artistHe has already been convicted in New York where he is serving a 23-year prison sentence since 2020, also for rape and sexual assault.

A verdict that was a founding event for the #Metoo movement born just five years ago in the United States and that triggered an ongoing global wave against sexual violence against women.

This time Harvey Weinstein faces eleven charges for alleged rape and sexual assault of five women in hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013.

undue influence

His massive stature and enormous influence in the movie industry made him believe he had every right to assault his victims in hotel rooms, the Los Angeles assistant district attorney thundered on the first day of the trial to a packed courtroom.

These women “were afraid that he would destroy their careers if they told what he inflicted on them,” said prosecutor Paul Thompson, who will have to convince a popular jury of nine men and three women for two months to decide whether to aggravate or not. the fate of the former kingmaker of American cinema.

Eight women should show up at the bar and “each one independently of the other, without knowing each other,” Thompson said, echoing the words of the victims calling him “king” and “the most powerful figure in the movie industry.”

Jurors are expected to hear testimony from victims who begged Weinstein to stop raping them as he allegedly forced them to perform oral sex on him or watch him masturbate.

“He is tall, solid, overweight and dominating”, one of them testified to the investigators to explain his submission, his terror and his silence.

“I Was Scared”

“I was afraid that if I wasn’t well, something would happen to me in the room or outside because of his power,” in the middle of the cinema, another woman had said.

Weinstein was so influential and so feared that he displayed his “power with the US presidential candidates,” the prosecutor denounced by showing a photo of the producer next to Democrat Hillary Clinton beaten in 2016 by Donald Trump.

Among the five accusers, who will testify in Los Angeles under the pseudonym “Jane Doe,” is Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom.

If convicted, Harvey Weinstein, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, could face more than 100 additional years behind bars.

After an initial rejection by the court, the New York Supreme Court finally allowed the former producer to appeal his 2020 conviction in August, giving a new dimension to the Los Angeles trial.

90 women

In all, nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosanna Arquette, have accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment, sexual assault or rape. But the statute of limitations has been exceeded in many of these cases, some dating back to 1977.

The former producer is also charged in the UK for sexual assault dating back to 1996.

The former producer has always assured that all his accusers were in agreement, while his lawyer argues that there is no forensic evidence or credible witnesses to support the charges.

Mr. Weinstein’s retrial also coincides with the film’s release. She saidpresented on October 13 at the New York Film Festival and which covers the investigation of two journalists from the New York Times on the almighty producer.

Before his downfall, his influence in Hollywood was immense. Over the years, Weinstein-produced films such as Inglorious Bastards by Quentin Tarantino, received more than 300 Oscar nominations and 81 statuettes.

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