Harvey Weinstein's defence team has rested its case in his rape trial, without the fallen US film producer giving evidence, paving the way for closing arguments later this week.

Since testimony began on 22 January, six women have taken the stand in New York to say they were sexually assaulted by Mr Weinstein, which he denies.

All of the allegations in the proceedings, which are seen as a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement, are at least six years old, while one of them dates back three decades.

Mr Weinstein, 67, faces life imprisonment if convicted of predatory sexual assault charges related to ex-actress Jessica Mann and former production assistant Mimi Haleyi.

The trial has raised complicated issues surrounding consent and abuse of power for the jury of seven men and five women.

Under cross-examination, both Ms Mann and Ms Haleyi admitted to at least one consensual sexual encounter with Weinstein after the alleged assaults.

Ms Mann, 35, admitted having a relationship with the defendant lasting several years. She described it as "degrading" and "complicated."

Mr Weinstein's attorneys have argued their client's sexual relationships were consensual and transactional, claiming the women willingly entered them to boost their careers.

Defence lawyers called seven witnesses, including Talita Maia, a friend of Ms Mann's, who testified that the alleged victim had considered Mr Weinstein "a spiritual soulmate".

The attorneys confirmed today that, as expected, Mr Weinstein would not testify.

The jury will consider five counts against Mr Weinstein, including rape, a criminal sexual act, and predatory sexual assault.

To convict, jurors must decide he is guilty "beyond all reasonable doubt" and the jury must reach a unanimous verdict.

If this cannot be done, the judge may be forced to declare a mistrial.