2020-02-13 17:34:48

Time’s Up For Harvey Weinstein? Closing Arguments Begin in Rape Trial in NYC

Closing arguments are scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of disgraced Hollywood mogul and accused sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.

The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Tuesday. Weinstein faces five felonies based on accusations by two women and, if convicted, could face up to life in prison.

The trial comes more than two years after initial accusations against the film producer were published in The New Yorker and The New York Times, fueling the #MeToo movement that swept Hollywood and beyond.

Since then, over 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. During the trial, six women told the jury in graphic detail about how Weinstein had sexually assaulted them.

Weinstein did not testify, but his lawyers described the sexual encounters as consensual and repeatedly attempted to discredit the claims of the women.

While the trial centers on the accusations of two women, many other women who say they were victimized by Weinstein have attended the trial.

For more, Democracy Now! speaks with J. Clara Chan, media and politics reporter at The Wrap, where she’s been covering the Weinstein trial extensively.

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