This will therefore be the second trial of the former magnate of the 7th Art, who is serving a 23-year prison sentence. In California, the 70-year-old man is accused of raping and sexually assaulting five women and faces up to 140 additional years in prison.
The one who reigned supreme in Hollywood was transported to a judge on Friday, dressed in a prisoner’s suit, to be notified of the date of his next appearance.
His run-ins with the law are not limited to the United States: the British prosecutor’s office announced this week the prosecution of the ex-producer, whose crimes had triggered the #MeToo movement in 2017. This file also concerns alleged sexual assaults.
Harvey Weinstein’s second trial is expected to last about eight weeks.
In total, some 90 women – including superstars Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Salma Hayek – have accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment or sexual assault. He has always denied the facts, in New York as in California, saying that his accusers were consenting.