Harvey Weinstein trial - live: Movie mogul in court over charges of rape and sexual assault, two years after first allegations

Dave Maclean
Harvey Weinstein enters court for his criminal trial on 16 January 2020 in New York City: Scott Heins/Getty Images

Two years after he was accused of rape and sexual assault, the opening statements in movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's trial get under way today.

Weinstein, once one of Hollywood's most powerful producers, denies the charges.

More than 80 women have publicly accused the 67-year-old of sexual misconduct, helping to fuel the #MeToo movement over the last two years. The criminal charges against him refer to three of those accusers.

Predatory sexual assault is the most serious charge against Weinstein, carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Weinstein's lead lawyer, Donna Rotunno, says Weinstein had a "slew of witnesses ready to go". She has said the defence would be introducing emails and text messages to prove that Weinstein's accusers continued relationships with him after his alleged assaults.

His lawyers have also said they plan to call psychologist Deborah Davis of the University of Nevada, Reno, to testify as an expert on memory, suggesting that Weinstein may try to call his accusers' recollections into question.

Follow our live blog below for updates from the court.

Even if he is acquitted in Manhattan, Weinstein faces separate criminal charges announced earlier this month by prosecutors in Los Angeles.