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Weinstein rape trial opens, marking milestone for #MeToo

Harvey Weinstein, center, accompanied by attorney Arthur Aidala, right, arrives at court for his rape trial, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial has begun in a landmark moment for the global #MeToo movement. New York prosecutors painted him in an opening statement Wednesday as a sexual predator who used his movie-magnate stature to abuse women, while his lawyers sought to discredit the accusers and argue they were willing participants. More than two years after allegations against Weinstein gave rise to #MeToo, the trial is seen as a key point in a global reckoning with sexual misconduct by powerful men. Weinstein said he believes he’ll get a fair trial. He has insisted any sexual encounters were consensual.


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