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Harvey Weinstein Trial Update

Jury selection began yesterday in Los Angeles in the sexual assault trial of former film producer Harvey Weinstein, who is already serving more than two decades in prison for a 2020 rape conviction in New York. The latest criminal charges of rape and sexual assault are based on accusations from five women who say Weinstein assaulted them in separate incidents between 2004-13. If convicted, 70-year-old Weinstein faces life in prison in California.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), is among the five women who are set to testify. The trial begins as the film "She Said," based on the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times exposé of Weinstein, debuts at the New York Film Festival this week.

The multiple probes into Weinstein's behavior are considered one of the most significant catalysts for the #MeToo movement.

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