The rape trial of film-producer Harvey Weinstein begins this week in Manhattan.
Harvey Weinstein is the former movie mogul who transformed the award-winning movies like ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and ‘The English Patient’.
Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women in New York.
He faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault.
One of the women, Mimi Haleyi said that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 2006.
Whereas, the second raped woman in 2013, has not been publicly identified.
In all, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct dating back decades.
Those accusations helped fuel the #MeToo movement.
In which hundreds of women have publicly accused powerful men in business, politics, the news media and entertainment of sexual harassment.
Harvey Weinstein rape trial begins with film producer facing up to life in prison
However, Weinstein has denied the allegations, saying any sexual encounters he had were consensual.
Jury selection in the case, which will take place in state court in Manhattan, expects to begin on Tuesday.
The trial will hang over the Hollywood awards season, which kicked off with Sunday’s Golden Globes.
Moreover, Harvey Weinstein was once a fixture at the industry’s glitzy ceremonies.
He critically acclaimed numerous small-budget films.
His “Shakespeare in Love,” won the Oscar for best picture in 1999.
“First and foremost, this trial is important for the dozens of women who have experienced sexual assault at the hands of Harvey Weinstein,” said Tina Tchen.
Tina Tchen is the president of Time’s Up Foundation.
So, it founded in the wake of the Weinstein allegations.
Juda Engelmayer, a spokesman for Weinstein, said on Thursday that the two women in the criminal case had long-term relationships with Weinstein.
Allegations against Weinstein first were reported in the New York Times and The New Yorker magazine in October 2017.
On the other hand, #MeToo became one of the most used widely used hashtags.
However, in 2019 it viewed 42 billion times, according to data released.
Finding impartial New York City jurors amid the media frenzy surrounding the Weinstein case will be a challenge for both legal teams.
Lawyers will likely question potential jurors about their knowledge and opinion of the case.
Their work history and whether they have been victims of sexual misconduct.