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Harvey Weinstein trial: New charges for former Hollywood producer at Los Angeles court?

The former Hollywood producer is already serving 23 years in jail in New York, but faces 11 new abuse charges in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles trial is due to take place over two weeks. The jury selection began on 10 October 2022.

Prosecutors initially brought the allegations against Weinstein in early 2020. However, paused proceedings until after his New York trial was finalised. The trial in New York ended in February 2020.

If Weinstein is found guilty by the Los Angeles dury, he could be facing a further 140 years in jail.

The former Hollywood heavywieght has said that the encounters described in the charges were all consensual. His lawyer has argued that the allegations cannot be corroborated by “credible sources” and added that there was a lack of evidence to prove that the encounters were not consensual.

According to one of Weinstein’s defence lawyers, some of those expected to take the stand as witnesses are well-known names. Among those to have previously accused Weinstein of assault and abuse includes Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Selma Hayak.

Weinstein is facing a total of 11 charges in Los Angeles. These charges range from 2004 until 2013, and include allegations of assault and rape. He has denied all charged levelled at him.

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