(Reuters): Here is a timeline recounting the highs and lows over 40 years in the life of Harvey Weinstein, one of the most powerful Hollywood executives, who faces criminal sexual assault charges at a jury trial in New York state court next week.
Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually assaulted two women, one in 2006 and another in 2013. More than 80 women have made allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual sex with anyone.
Juda Engelmayer, a spokesman for Weinstein, said late on Thursday that the two women in the criminal case had long-term relationships with Weinstein. He said it was prejudicial to conflate the criminal matter with allegations in civil cases or with public grievances he said were lodged by women who were not part of any suit.
1979: Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob found independent film distribution and production company Miramax, naming it after their parents, Miriam and Max.
June 1993: The Walt Disney Company buys Miramax for US$80mil but the brothers stay on until 2005.
May 1994: Director Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, starring Uma Thurman and John Travolta and backed by Miramax, wins the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.
1997: Miramax wins its first Academy Award for best picture with The English Patient.
1999: Miramax's Shakespeare in Love wins seven Oscars – including best picture and best actress for Gwyneth Paltrow.
2004: Weinstein divorces his first wife Eve Chilton, with whom he has three daughters.
2005: The Weinstein brothers leave Miramax to set up their own production company, The Weinstein Company.
2007: Weinstein marries English fashion director Georgina Chapman.
Oct. 5,2017: The New York Times reports Weinstein settled with eight women who accused him of unwanted physical contact and sexual harassment over three decades. Weinstein in a statement apologised for causing pain to colleagues and said he was taking a leave of absence and entering therapy. Reuters did not independently verify the details of the New York Times report.
Oct. 6,2017: Weinstein takes indefinite leave of absence from The Weinstein Co. The company later says he is fired.
Oct. 10,2017: The New Yorker reports allegations by 13 women who said Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, including three who said he raped them. Weinstein again denies non-consensual sex. Reuters did not independently verify the details of The New Yorker's accounts.
Oct. 10,2017: Chapman, Weinstein's wife, says she is leaving him.
Oct. 14,2017: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that selects the Oscar winners, expels Weinstein.
October 2017: Actress Alyssa Milano fuels the expansion of the #MeToo movement, founded by Tarana Burke, by writing on Twitter: "If you've ever been sexually harassed or assaulted write 'me too' as a reply to this tweet." In the following weeks, #MeToo would be used by millions of women.
Jan. 1,2018: Hollywood celebrities launch the Time's Up campaign to fight sexual harassment in the workplace.
May 25,2018: Weinstein surrenders to New York police on charges of rape and a criminal sex act involving alleged assaults against two women, in 2004 and 2013.
June 5,2018: Weinstein pleads not guilty to the charges.
June 9,2018: Weinstein pleads not guilty to new charges of sexually assaulting a third woman in 2006.
Oct. 11,2018: Weinstein wins dismissal of the charges over the alleged 2004 assault. Charges involving the other two women remain pending.
Jan. 17,2019: Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein's defence attorney, issues statement saying he is quitting, without elaborating.
Jan. 25,2019: Weinstein appears in court to announce new defence team.
April 26,2019: Weinstein's trial is delayed until Sept. 9 to allow defence more time to gather evidence.
July 11,2019: Weinstein hires third legal team after second team of defence attorneys exits the case.
Aug. 26,2019: Weinstein pleads not guilty to new indictment involving the same two women accusing him of two counts of predatory sexual assault, in 2006 and 2013. His trial is pushed back to Jan. 6,2020.
Dec. 11,2019: Weinstein and his bankrupt studio reach tentative US$25mil settlement with dozens of women who accused him of sexual misconduct. Representatives for Weinstein declined to comment.
Jan. 7,2020: Jury selection at Weinstein's trial expected to begin.
(Reporting by Diane Craft; Additional reporting by Gabriella Borter and Brendan Pierson; Editing by Noeleen Walder and Daniel Wallis)
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