Hollywood in the dock in sexual misconduct trials

Four high-profile sexual misconduct trials are currently underway in the US.

Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles trial for sex offences including rape and battery is expected to begin next week.
The ‘disgraced’ former film mogul is currently in prison in Los Angeles awaiting the hearing on 11 counts of sexual assault, including forcible rape and sexual battery.

There are five complainants, one of whom is Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Weinstein, 70, however pleaded not guilty at Los Angeles Superior Court. If found guilty he faces 135 years to life in prison.

Paul Haggis, who won Oscars for producing and writing Crash, is in the dock in a Lower Manhattan civil jury trial in which he stands accused of raping publicist Haleigh Breest at his Soho apartment in 2013. 

Cuba Gooding Jr., 54, recently avoided jail in a forcible touching case involving multiple women.

The best supporting actor Oscar winner for Jerry Maguire in 1997 pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

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That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson, is accused of raping three women between 2001 and 2003 and is at trial.


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