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Weinstein's reckoning: Trial looms 2 years after #MeToo wave

Posted at 3:48 PM, Jan 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 06:26:20-05

MANHATTAN — More than two years after a wave of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein ushered in the #MeToo movement, the disgraced movie mogul faces another reckoning: a criminal trial that could him put him behind bars for the rest of his life.

Jury selection is scheduled to start this week in New York City in a case involving allegations that Weinstein raped one woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006.

It is the only criminal case to arise from dozens of allegations against the Oscar-winning film producer.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty and maintains any sexual activity was consensual.

Rose McGowan and Rosanna Arquette are among the more prominent women to accuse Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Now the two actresses are gearing up for the fallen mogul's criminal sex assault trial.

McGowan has accused Weinstein of rape, which he denies. She won't be in the courtroom because the pain would be too great, she said. But Arquette said she plans to be there to support his accusers.

Arquette had accused Weinstein of derailing her career after she spurned his advances. Weinstein has denied the allegations of sexual assault and harassment.