USA: Harvey Weinstein trial begins

23 января 2020 г. 6:42

Harvey Weinstein was pictured using a zimmer frame as he gingerly made his way down the stairs outside the criminal court building in New York. The trial began in earnest on Wednesday, hearing testimony from its first witness. «he looks very vulnerable, a bit frail? It's not what he looked like in 2006, 2013 and in the 90s, when some of the acts that are alleged to be criminal acts, are alleged to have occurred,» said Attorney, Gloria Alvarez. Alvarez doubted that Weinstein to be «brave enough to take the stand,» and to «subject himself to cross examination by the prosecution.» More witnesses are expected to be heard at the trial on Thursday. Over 80 women have publicly accused the 67-year-old Weinstein of sexual misconduct since the allegations emerged against him in 2017, although many of the alleged crimes fall outside the timeframe for bringing charges. Weinstein, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, could face life in prison if convicted. The trial is a landmark moment for the #MeToo movement, the campaign against sexual harassment and abuse that swept through Hollywood into many other countries in the world.

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