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Harvey Weinstein, haggard face at his Los Angeles court appearance

Five years after the detonation of the #MeToo movement, the 70-year-old former Hollywood mogul is still facing legal proceedings. On Tuesday 4 October, Harvey Weinstein appeared in a decrepit state at his Los Angeles court appearance before the trial begins on 10 October. 

A dejected look tries to capture the cameras. Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appeared in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday 4 October. The sexual abuser is being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in California before his trial on October 10. The man appeared haggard, with unkempt hair and dark circles around his face. This is reminiscent of one of the orcs in The Lord of the Rings, which is said to have been directly inspired by his face, according to an article in the Guardian in October 2021. "I suffer every day. I have baldness and I can't eat because I'm missing teeth," said the convict, before asking permission to visit a dentist. 

Five years ago to the day, journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey published an investigation revealing the accusations of sexual assault against the producer in the New York Times. This was the beginning of the #MeToo movement, echoing the tweet of actress Alyssa Milano. Since March 2020, Harvey Weinstein has been serving a 23-year sentence after being convicted of rape and sexual assault of nearly 90 women, some of which date back to 1977. However, Weinstein has maintained his innocence until he was granted the right to appeal to the highest court in New York State in August.

The new Weinstein trial 

On 10 October, Harvey Weinstein will be tried for rape and sexual assault of five women in Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013. The trial is scheduled to last until 9 December. According to the American media outlet Deadline, the producer could face up to 140 additional years in prison. Caitlin Dulany, Katherine Kendall, Liza Campbell, Dominique Huett and Louisette Geiss confided in an article by Franceinfo, published on Wednesday 5 October, on their "personal and professional evolution and on the road still to travel". "Harvey Weinstein was like a huge stone. And I was just a tiny hand among other women to push him off the cliff," said Liza Campbell. Maria Schrader's next film, due out in cinemas on 23 November, will in turn examine the affair that shook the Hollywood world and women's rights. 

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