Harvey Weinstein continues to assert his innocence before Los Angeles judges

Since 2020, the former producer is serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York. Accused by 90 women in total, he faces up to 140 additional years behind bars.

Transferred from New York on July 20, Harvey Weinstein is now appearing in Los Angeles, where the former producer is on trial on new charges. At 69, the fallen Hollywood mogul is accused by five women of sexual assault and rape. On Monday, September 20, he again pleaded not guilty in one of the city’s courts.

The facts allegedly took place between 2004 and 2010 in hotels in Beverly Hills. Among the charges, one concerns the rape of an Italian model in February 2013; another sexual assault complaint is brought to justice by actress Lauren Young. Since the filing of the first complaints in 2017, the producer has always shouted his innocence, in New York as in Los Angeles. He asserts that the complainants consented.

On February 24, 2020, the verdict of the Weinstein trial fell in New York and the ousted producer was sent to Rikers Island prison to serve a 23-year sentence. Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of a 2006 first-degree sexual assault and an unconstrained third-degree rape that took place in 2013. In April 2021, his lawyers appealed the two convictions to New York justice.

90 women accuse him

Angelina Jolie, Léa Seydoux, Gwyneth Paltrow … Nearly 90 women accuse Harvey Weinstein of harassment, sexual assault and rape. For some of these complaints, which sometimes date back to 1977, the limitation period has been exceeded. If the producer of pulp Fiction is convicted of all of these charges, he faces up to 140 more years in prison, in addition to the 23-year sentence he is serving in New York.

Medical reasons could have prevented the accused’s extradition

For weeks, the former producer’s lawyers fought to keep him from being extradited to Los Angeles. Detained at the Wende Correctionnal Facility in upstate New York, Harvey Weinstein was to receive medical treatment there. New York judge Kenneth Case rejected their arguments and gave the green light on June 15. The steps on the Californian coast of the lawyers had not succeeded either.

Under California law, Weinstein’s trial will begin 120 days after his extradition to Los Angeles, by mid-November. The next hearing is scheduled for October 25.


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