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Will Harvey Weinstein Finally Be Convicted For His Crimes?


*This article contains stories about sexual assault and sexual harassment. If this story is triggering please contact 1800 RESPECT. *

Two years ago Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey brought the grotesque behaviour of Harvey Weinstein into the limelight.

They uncovered the secret many people in Hollywood ignored for decades.

Since The New York Times article was released more than 80 women have come forward and accused the 67 year old of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

So is Harvey finally going to get what he deserves?

The disgraced Hollywood producer is currently on trial in Manhattan for sexually assaulting two women.

His former production assistant claims Weinstein assaulted her at his home in 2006.

And an anonymous woman accuses Weinstein of assaulting her in a hotel room in 2013.

The trial is in it's first week and they are now in the process of jury selection.

Harvey Weinstein in his first week of trial in a Manhattan court. Source: BBC

However, after the trial concluded for the day on Monday several more charges were made towards the shunned movie mogul but this time in Los Angeles.

Four new criminal charges were made against Weinstein by two unnamed women.

The first woman claims Weinstein forced himself into her hotel room and raped her in 2013.

And the second woman claims he allegedly sexually assaulted the very next day in her hotel room as well.

Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, says "The defendant used his power and influence to gain access to his victims and committed violent crimes against them."

If Weinstein is convicted in the L.A trial he could face up to 28 years in prison.

And if he is convicted in the New York trial he could face life imprisonment.

The alleged serial sex predator still claims all his sexual acts were consensual, and believes he has always been a pioneer for women.

Late last year he told Page Six reporter Richard Harbus, “I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago, I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue - I did it first, I pioneered it!”

It's hard to determine how these proceedings will go but if Weinstein is acquitted he still has to face many more court rooms in the near future.

At least 29 women in the United States, Canada and Europe have brought civil claims against him.

Only time will tell whether justice will be served.

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