Harvey Weinstein faces sexual assault and rape charges as L.A. trial begins

Harvey Weinstein faces sexual assault and rape charges as L.A. trial begins

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Weinstein faces sexual assault and rape charges as L.A. trial begins

NEW YORK — Harvey Weinstein faces sexual assault and rape charges as L.A. trial begins

A former film executive with a fortune of his own has been charged with raping a woman and sexually assaulting two other women. He’ll go to trial Monday in Los Angeles.

(CNN)A former film executive with a fortune of his own has been charged with raping a woman and sexually assaulting two other women. He’ll go to trial Monday in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times

The alleged assaults took place in New York and in London in the 1990s, according to the indictment returned by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Weinstein has been charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault and one count of rape.

Weinstein’s attorney, Ben Brafman, has said his client is innocent but his star client could also go to prison. He has requested a trial by jury.

Weinstein’s alleged victims each filed lawsuits against him in 2011, according to a motion for sexual relations filed by Weinstein’s accusers. Weinstein is expected to have to testify about their allegations during his trial in Los Angeles.

In a statement released after the indictment was returned, Weinstein’s attorney said, “Mr. Weinstein maintains that he has done nothing wrong and intends to cooperate with all appropriate authorities.”

He said his client was “not surprised by these charges and that he is considering his options, including whether to accept the government’s offer to plead guilty to one count of sexual misconduct in exchange for the Government dropping the other two.”

The allegations against Weinstein date back to 1991 and his arrival as a screenwriter for Miramax, a company founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who was the company

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