Harvey Weinstein rape and sexual assault trial begins today

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Harvey Weinstein (Photo: variety.com)

Disgraced Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein rape and sexual assault trial begins today. Jury selection is scheduled to start this week. 

Two years ago, Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct spanning decades by 80 women. These allegations spearheaded the #MeToo movement. 

However, he only faces five criminal counts – two counts of rape, one count of criminal sexual act and two counts of predatory sexual assault. 

Weinstein faces allegations that he raped an unnamed woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.  

The 67-year-old has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He said that any sexual activity was consensual.

If he is convicted of the most serious charges against him, two counts of predatory sexual assault, Weinstein faces a mandatory life sentence.