Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
The criminal trial for Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein is set to begin this Monday in Manhattan. Weinstein will stand trial for the charges of rape and sexual assault. The Harvey Weinstein case marks a major victory for the MeToo movement, hoping for change among society. Jury selection will last about two weeks before diving into the trial, which could last up to six weeks.
Many legal experts expect the upcoming case will be one of the most prolific cases in our nation’s history. Harvey Weinstein has stayed firm on his denial of the accusations against him. Weinstein, unknowingly, helped bring attention to the effects and power sexual assaults have over a person. If found guilty, Harvey Weinstein could face up to multiple life sentences.
Harvey Weinstein was arrested on May 25, 2018, after surrendering to police at 1st Percent station in New York. The arrest follows less than one year after the New York Times published an article about investigations into sexual assault allegations that span over a decade. The arrest took place amid state and federal investigations against Harvey Weinstein.
As of right now, Weinstein faces five counts of nonconsensual sexual encounters involving two accusers, former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and an unknown accuser. Haleyi has accused Weinstein of performing oral sex on her without her consent in 2006. The other unknown accuser has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her back in March 2013. Other accusers are excepted to testify against the mogul. Although a lot of information is not known about the other accusers looking to testify, many have similar stories relating to Harvey Weinstein.
In the wake of the investigation, Weinstein has stayed true to his stance on the matter. Harvey Weinstein and his team have continued to deny all charges against him. In an interview with New York Post, Weinstein said, “I feel like the forgotten man.” Weinstein went to say, “I made more movies directed by women and about women than any filmmaker, and I’m talking about 30 years ago. I’m not talking about now when it’s vogue. I did it first! I pioneered it! It all got eviscerated because of what happened. My work has been forgotten.’’
Attorneys for Weinstein argue against all the media coverage from the fallout. Many wonder if Harvey Weinstein was doomed from the beginning because of liberal news around his arrest. Arthur Aidala, an attorney currently repping Weinstein, is against how things were handled.
“An internet search of the New York Post’s ‘Page Six,’ a mainstay of local New York City news, and the name Harvey Weinstein in 2019, yields over 11,000 hits,” Aidala stated in court. “Political, cultural and social organizations with headquarters in Manhattan (‘MeToo’ and ‘Times Up’) were catapulted to prominence as a direct result of Harvey Weinstein’s arrest in this case and New York City is ground zero in their activism, with such activities as the so-called Women’s March, and the rallying cry ‘believe all women,’ a position that is antithetical to due process,” Aidala claims.
The final outcome of the Harvey Weinstein trial will play out similar to the popularity of the O.J. Simpson trial. Whatever the jury decides, it will change how society views sexual assaults.