Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial begins in Los Angeles

Jury selection begins Monday in Los Angeles for the sexual assault trial against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

The criminal charges are based on the allegations of five women who said Weinstein assaulted them at luxury hotels between 2004 and 2013.

Weinstein, 70, has pleaded not guilty and has said that all the meetings were consensual.

The charges in the Los Angeles indictment allege that Weinstein raped a woman between September 2004 and September 2005 and raped another woman on two separate occasions in 2013, according to District Attorney George Gascón. They also allege Weinstein sexually assaulted one woman in 2010 and two others in separate incidents in 2013.

All five of Weinstein’s accusers are expected to testify, as well as several other women whose accusations are not part of the criminal charges but will detail Weinstein’s past misconduct.

One of the former wrongdoing witnesses will be Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom and a former actress, ABC News has confirmed.

PHOTO: Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Oct. 4, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Oct. 4, 2022, in Los Angeles. Harvey Weinstein was extradited from New York to Los Angeles to face sex-related charges.

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“Like many women, my client was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein at an alleged business meeting that turned out to be a trap,” Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s attorney, Beth Fegan, said in a statement to ABC News. “She intends to testify at his trial to seek some measure of justice for survivors and as part of her life’s work to improve the lives of women. Please respect her choice not to discuss this matter outside the courtroom.”

Weinstein is already serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault in New York. He was convicted of third degree rape against a woman in 2013 and sexually assaulting another woman in 2006 in a trial that ended in February 2020.

He was announced an appeal of his sentence in August.

Allegations against Weinstein, who co-founded Miramax film studio, helped fuel the #MeToo movement after more than 80 women accused him of sexual harassment and misconduct in 2017.

ABC News’ Mark Osborne contributed to this report.

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