(Reuters) – Below are highlights of the rape trial of previous motion picture producer Harvey Weinstein, who has pleaded not guilty to costs he sexually assaulted previous output assistant Mimi Haleyi and raped onetime aspiring actress Jessica Mann.
FILE Picture: Film producer Harvey Weinstein and attorney Donna Rotunno get there at New York Legal Court docket during his ongoing sexual assault trial in the Manhattan borough of New York Town, New York, U.S., February fourteen, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Jury deliberations had been because of to start on Tuesday.
Outside THE COURTHOUSE
Illustrations or photos of Weinstein’s feeble entrances into court rocketed all-around social media: a disheveled male slouched about a walker, trailed by his direct protection attorney, a lady.
“I think he’s taken some superior acting suggestions,” quipped Rose McGowan, an actress who has accused Weinstein of rape. She is one of much more than eighty females due to the fact 2017 to accuse the previous producer of sexual misconduct.
Weinstein, who created his mark with critically acclaimed films these kinds of as “Shakespeare in Adore,” has denied the allegations and stated any sexual encounters had been consensual.
The trial, which commenced on Jan. 6, is a watershed second for the #MeToo motion, in which females have accused strong gentlemen of misconduct.
McGowan staged a protest outdoors the court, along with actress Rosanna Arquette and other Weinstein accusers, demanding accountability.
“As we stand below at the commencing of a new year and a new 10 years, time’s up on sexual harassment in all workplaces,” stated Arquette, referencing the #TimesUp motion that opposes sexual harassment, misconduct and discrimination.
Haleyi, a previous output assistant, cried as she testified that she approved an invitation to Weinstein’s Manhattan dwelling in 2006. Haleyi stated Weinstein lunged at her, backed her into a bedroom and forcibly done oral sexual intercourse on her, yanking out her tampon.
Less than questioning from Weinstein’s lawyers, Haleyi acknowledged that she approved excursions to Los Angeles and London from Weinstein immediately after the attack, in portion because she needed do the job, and signed messages to him with “lots of like.”
The other accuser, Mann, described Weinstein as a “Jekyll and Hyde:” Charming in community but normally showing terrifying anger when they had been alone.
Mann stated that before long immediately after meeting Weinstein she entered into an exceptionally degrading relationship with him that never incorporated intercourse until eventually, she alleged, he raped her in 2013.
Weinstein’s protection staff repeatedly suggested that Mann willingly had sexual intercourse with Weinstein to progress her occupation. On cross-evaluation, Mann was shown an email she wrote in 2014 in which she described Weinstein as a “pseudo father.”
Less than prosecution questioning, Mann described Weinstein’s genitals as “deformed.”
Prosecutors had been authorized to introduce evidence of alleged assaults on other females, even nevertheless the incidents did not result in costs versus Weinstein.
Actress Annabella Sciorra testified that Weinstein pinned her fingers driving her head and violently raped her much more than twenty five yrs back.
Costume designer Dawn Dunning stated Weinstein groped her in 2004 and made available her motion picture roles in exchange for 3-way sexual intercourse with him and his assistant, which she refused. “This is how this sector performs,” she stated he told her.
Tarale Wulff testified she was a waitress when Weinstein invited her to read for a motion picture role at his dwelling, wherever he pushed her on to a bed. She stated Weinstein told her not to get worried because he had a vasectomy, then raped her.
Lauren Younger testified that the film producer trapped her in a resort bathroom in 2013, masturbated in entrance of her although groping her breasts, and told her: “This is what all the actresses do to make it.”
She is one of two accusers in a individual sexual assault circumstance versus Weinstein in Los Angeles.
Younger was also questioned about the look of Weinstein’s human body. She stated of his penis: “It seemed like it had been lower and sewn back again on.”
Afterwards, the jury was shown pictures of Weinstein naked. The protection stated in an email that the pictures had been released to “shame” him.
All through closing arguments, prosecutors stated Weinstein had abused his energy and counted on his victims never coming ahead.
“The defendant not only ran roughshod about the dignity and the very lives of these witnesses, but he also underestimated them,” stated Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi.
Author Paul Feldsher testified for the protection that Sciorra told him she had “done this insane thing with Harvey,” and that he understood her to indicate that she had “fooled all-around with him.” Feldsher stated that he had no indication it was a damaging knowledge.
On cross-evaluation, he acknowledged sending Weinstein textual content messages disparaging Sciorra in harsh language, contacting her “full of shit” and “an asshole.”
Elizabeth Loftus, a professor at the College of California, Irvine, told jurors that people’s memories can turn into distorted immediately after the fact and testified that powerful feelings all-around a memory had been no assurance of its accuracy..
Actress Talita Maia, a previous friend of Mann, and Thomas Richards, Mann’s previous agent, testified that Mann showed no indicators of distress hours immediately after she was allegedly raped.
All through closing arguments Weinstein’s direct attorney, Donna Rotunno, urged jurors to set apart their feelings and told them they had been the “last line of defense” versus an “overzealous” media and prosecution.
Weinstein never took the stand, despite the fact that he told reporters outdoors court that he had preferred to. His lawyers stated the prosecution circumstance was so weak that they did not require his testimony.
Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware and Brendan Pierson in New York Editing by Noeleen Walder and Jonathan Oatis