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Believing women who say they’re victims of sex crimes isn’t bias

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24.01.2020

On Wednesday 22nd January, my alarm rang at 4am. I got up, put on tights and trousers, a T-shirt and two warm sweaters, and meticulously placed hand and toe warmers in my gloves and boots. Then, I took a car to 100 Centre Street in downtown Manhattan, where I arrived around 5:50am – approximately three hours before Harvey Weinstein was scheduled to arrive on the official first day of his criminal trial.

I waited, along with other journalists, for about three hours before I was granted a seat inside. Weinstein stepped inside around 9:15am, hobbling down the central aisle without the walking frame he’s used during previous court appearances. That morning, assistant district attorney Meghan Hast delivered a ferocious opening statement. At one point, she pointed to Weinstein and told the jury: “The man seated right there was not just a titan in Hollywood — he was a rapist.”

Weinstein is facing accusations in New York that he raped a woman in 2013 and performed a forcible sex act on another woman in 2006. He has pleaded not guilty and denied all allegations of non-consensual sex, as well as allegations that he retaliated against women.

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The day before the opening statements, I interviewed Rosanna Arquette, one of the first women to speak out against........

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