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Harvey Weinstein refuses to testify in his second sexual assault trial

Former American film producer Harvey Weinstein refused this Monday to testify in the trial for sexual assault and rape that he is currently facing in Los Angelesas announced by his lawyer, Mark Werksman.

The process, which began on October 10, was resumed after a week’s vacation for Thanksgiving. In the living room, Judge Lisa B. Lench advised Weinstein that he had the right to testify and take the standas well as not to.

According to Variety magazine, Weinstein decided not to testify, nor did he do so in 2020 during the trial held in New Yorkin which he was charged and sentenced to 23 years for sexual assault and rape.

The producer of films such as “Kill Bill: Volume 1” (2003) or “The Aviator” (2004) now faces seven charges, five of them for sexual assault and two for rape, derived from the accusations of four women.

If found guilty on all counts, Weinstein, 70, could face an additional 60 years in prison. and, if acquitted, he must continue serving his current sentence in prison.

However, his legal team is seeking to appeal the main sentence before the New York Court of Appeals, an institution that has agreed to review the case and could annul, modify or confirm the sentence.

At the start of this second trial, which is expected to end in December, Weinstein faced 11 counts of accusations from five women that, if proceeded, would have cost him a 140-year prison sentence.

However, on November 15, the prosecution announced that it would not take into account the testimony of one of the victims, for which four charges were withdrawn, two of them for rape, which considerably reduced the possible sentence.

Among the witnesses who have already testified in this second trial is the filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Wife of the Governor of California Gavin Newsom, who accused the producer of having raped her in 2005.

As of this Monday, the defense will begin to present the case, and the producer’s team commented that they hope to rest by Wednesday.

Weinstein’s 2020 conviction in New York marked a great triumph for the #MeToo movement in its feminist fight against sexual abuse and assault. In all, more than 80 women have accused the former producer of sexual offenses and misconduct.

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