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Harvey Weinstein Los Angeles case: sentencing hearing postponed

Harvey Weinstein Los Angeles case: sentencing hearing postponed

Los Angeles: A sentencing hearing for former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein for the rape of a woman in a Beverly Hills hotel room a decade ago was postponed Monday.

The Oscar-winning former producer, 70, is already serving a 23-year sentence for his 2020 conviction in New York for sex crimes.

He faces a further 18 years in California, raising the likelihood that the “Pulp Fiction” producer will spend the rest of his life in prison, even if he appeals both cases.

In the Los Angeles case, he was found guilty on December 19 of forcible rape.

A hearing on a defense motion for a new trial was scheduled for February 23.

Judge Lisa Lench said Monday that if the motion is denied, sentencing will take place that day.

In New York last June, Weinstein lost his first appeal against his verdict and conviction in the state’s Intermediate Court of Appeals.

But he further appealed to the New York Superior Court of Appeals.

Rumors of Weinstein’s behavior had swirled around Hollywood for years, but his position at the top of the industry meant few were willing to challenge him.

That all changed in 2017 with the publication of explosive allegations against him, ushering in the #MeToo movement and opening the floodgates for women to speak out against workplace sexual violence.

Dozens of women have since claimed to have been victims of Weinstein’s predatory behavior.

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