First pictures: Weinstein arrives at court for opening day of rape trial
Harvey Weinstein has arrived at New York’s Supreme Court for the first day of his rape trial.
The 67-year-old is facing five charges including rape and sexual assault involving two women, which he denies.
He was last seen in court in December, using a walking frame, which his lawyers say he needed following surgery for a back injury.
The trial at New York‘s Supreme Court is expected to last two months.
If convicted he could face a life sentence.
Dozens of women have made allegations of sexual abuse and harassment against Weinstein since the publication of revelations in the New York Times in October 2017.
Rosanna Arquette, who says Weinstein derailed her career after resisting his advances, says she will attend court to support his alleged victims.
Actress Rose McGowan, another of Weinstein’s most prominent accusers, has said the trauma he caused her is so great she could not face being in court.
Weinstein’s case is largely seen to have kicked off the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns to support the victims of sexual misconduct.
At his trial, Weinstein faces charges that he raped a woman, who has not been identified, at a Manhattan hotel in March 2013.
He is also accused of forcing a production assistant into a sex act at his apartment in 2006.
Weinstein has reached a multi-million dollar settlement with dozens of women who accused him of sexual misconduct but the criminal cases against him might not end with his trial in New York.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles are reviewing eight cases of alleged sexual assault, although no charges have been filed.