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Weinstein’s Sex Crimes Trial Begins as He’s Charged With More Sex Crimes

The charges were announced by Los Angeles prosecutors the same day the disgraced mogul’s sex crimes trial began in New York.

Harvey Weinstein was charged with more sex crimes in Los Angeles on Monday, the same day his sex crimes trial in New York began. The disgraced film mogul was charged by LA prosecutors with raping one woman and sexually assaulting another in separate instances in 2013.
 
“We believe the evidence will show that the defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and then commit violent crimes against them,” Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey said in a press release. “I want to commend the victims who have come forward and bravely recounted what happened to them. It is my hope that all victims of sexual violence find strength and healing as they move forward.”
 
Weinstein has been accused by more than 80 women of sexual misconduct. Accusations of his alleged misconduct became publicized two years ago and helped spark the #MeToo and TIME’S UP movement. His trial in New York is over felony charges related to two of those accusers, including rape and sexual assault. 

On Monday, a group of protesters along with Weinstein accusers  Rosanna Arquette and Rose McGowan gathered outside the courthouse where he will face charges.

If convicted as he is charged in Los Angeles, Weinstein faces up to 28 years in state prison. If convicted of the charges against him in New York, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.