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Weinstein rape trial opens, marking milestone for #MeToo

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Posted at 4:28 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 17:28:52-05

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.