Harvey Weinstein, 69, has been serving a 23-year prison sentence for sexual assault and rape since 2020.
He was transferred Tuesday to Los Angeles, the city where he once ruled, to meet the new charges. He is accused of rape or sexual assault in hotels, between 2004 and 2013.
After a lawyer spoke on behalf of the former Hollywood titan, Judge Sergio Tapia recorded the conviction of Harvey Weinstein, who was present in the courtroom in a wheelchair and wearing a brown jumpsuit. “Anyone who abuses his power and influence to attack others will be brought to justice“, promised Los Angeles attorney George Gascon.
A total of 90 women have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault or rape
In California, Harvey Weinstein is remarkably accused of raping an Italian model in a hotel in Beverly Hills in February 2013, when she sexually assaulted Lauren Young, an actress in the making, in the bathroom of another hotel. The latter, the only prosecutor who was not anonymous in this case, had already testified during the producer’s high-profile trial in New York.
Convicted in March 2020, Harvey Weinstein was jailed, a decision seen as a major victory for the #MeToo movement. In early April, the producer formally appealed against this conviction. In total, nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosanna Arquette, have accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment, sexual assault, or rape. However, the statute of limitations has been translated in many of these cases, some of which date from 1977.
He faces up to 140 years in prison in addition to his conviction in New York
In Los Angeles, the producer of “Pulp Fiction” faces up to 140 years in prison, in addition to his conviction in New York. The one who was the favorite of the 7th Art festivals has always denied the facts, in New York as well as in California, confirming that his accusers agreed. These accusations are not “unproven, unreliable and unfoundedhis lawyer Mark Werksman told reporters on Wednesday, arguing that there was no forensic evidence or reliable witness to back them up.
He also demanded that three of the charges that appeared in the indictment be dropped, due to the expiration of the statute of limitations. Finally assured that his client suffered from “physical condition which is less “, he asked Harvey Weinstein to have a medical evaluation, which Judge Tapia granted.
Lawyers for the expelled film mogul had been pleading for weeks against his move to Los Angeles, including for medical reasons, saying he “risked losing his sight”. But holding a trial in the California megalopolis is essential for the victims, the lawyer hammered for several of them, the famous Gloria Allred. “Until now, there has been no access to justice for those who claim to be victims.” in Los Angeles, stood Wednesday on the one that already defended several of Weinstein’s victims in New York.
Next hearing scheduled for July 29th
Before his fall, the influence of the producer in Hollywood was enormous. In the late 1970s, he and his brother set up the Miramax studio, which was sold to Disney in 1993, then The Weinstein Company, following huge successes, such as Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”. Over the years, Weinstein’s films have received more than 300 Oscar nominations and 81 statues.
At the end of the hearing, in which a very pale-skinned Harvey Weinstein sat in silence, handcuffed to his chair, the judge wanted to “Good luck” to the former producer. The latter seemed to thank the judge, his voice was muffled by a mismatched blue mask.
The next hearing is scheduled for July 29.