(1) - Listed below are key moments from the trial of former film producer Harvey Weinstein, who was convicted on Monday of sexually assaulting former manufacturing assistant Mimi Haleyi and raping onetime aspiring actress Jessica Mann.
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Legal Courtroom forward of the fifth day of jury deliberations for his sexual assault trial within the Manhattan borough of New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
The sentencing listening to was scheduled for March 11.
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Photos of Weinstein’s feeble entrances into court docket rocketed round social media: a matted man slouched over a walker, trailed by his lead protection lawyer, a girl.
“I believe he’s taken some good appearing ideas,” quipped Rose McGowan, an actress who has accused Weinstein of rape. She is one in every of greater than 80 girls since 2017 to accuse the previous producer of sexual misconduct.
Weinstein, who made his mark with critically acclaimed movies akin to “Shakespeare in Love,” has denied the allegations and stated any sexual encounters have been consensual.
The trial, which started on Jan. 6, is a watershed second for the #MeToo motion, wherein girls have accused highly effective males of misconduct.
McGowan staged a protest outdoors the court docket, together with actress Rosanna Arquette and different Weinstein accusers, demanding accountability.
“As we stand right here at the start of a brand new 12 months and a brand new decade, time’s up on sexual harassment in all workplaces,” stated Arquette, referencing the #TimesUp motion that opposes sexual harassment, misconduct and discrimination.
Haleyi, a former manufacturing assistant, cried as she testified that she accepted an invite to Weinstein’s Manhattan residence in 2006. Haleyi stated Weinstein lunged at her, backed her right into a bed room and forcibly carried out oral intercourse on her, yanking out her tampon.
Underneath questioning from Weinstein’s attorneys, Haleyi acknowledged that she accepted journeys to Los Angeles and London from Weinstein after the assault, partly as a result of she wanted work, and signed messages to him with “a lot of love.”
The opposite accuser, Mann, described Weinstein as a “Jekyll and Hyde:” Charming in public however typically exhibiting terrifying anger once they have been alone.
Mann stated that quickly after assembly Weinstein she entered into a particularly degrading relationship with him that by no means included intercourse till, she alleged, he raped her in 2013.
Weinstein’s protection crew repeatedly advised that Mann willingly had intercourse with Weinstein to advance her profession. On cross-examination, Mann was proven an e mail she wrote in 2014 wherein she described Weinstein as a “pseudo father.”
Underneath prosecution questioning, Mann described Weinstein’s genitals as “deformed.”
Prosecutors have been allowed to introduce proof of alleged assaults on different girls, though the incidents didn't end in fees towards Weinstein.
“Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra testified that Weinstein pinned her arms behind her head and violently raped her greater than 25 years in the past.
Costume designer Daybreak Dunning stated Weinstein groped her in 2004 and supplied her film roles in trade for three-way intercourse with him and his assistant, which she refused. “That is how this business works,” she stated he instructed her.
Tarale Wulff testified she was a waitress when Weinstein invited her to learn for a film position. She was instructed to go to his residence, the place he pushed her onto a mattress. She stated Weinstein instructed her to not fear as a result of he had a vasectomy, then raped her.
Lauren Younger testified that the movie producer trapped her in a resort lavatory in 2013, masturbated in entrance of her whereas groping her breasts, and instructed her: “That is what all of the actresses do to make it.”
She is one in every of two accusers in a separate sexual assault case towards Weinstein in Los Angeles.
Younger was additionally questioned concerning the look of Weinstein’s physique. She stated of his penis: “It seemed prefer it had been minimize and sewn again on.”
Later, the jury was proven pictures of Weinstein bare. The protection stated in an e mail that the pictures have been launched to “disgrace” him.
Throughout closing arguments, prosecutors stated Weinstein had abused his energy and counted on his victims by no means coming ahead.
“The defendant not solely ran roughshod over the dignity and the very lives of those witnesses, however he additionally underestimated them,” stated Assistant District Legal professional Joan Illuzzi.
Author Paul Feldsher testified for the protection that Sciorra instructed him she had “completed this loopy factor with Harvey,” and that he understood her to imply that she had “fooled round with him.” Feldsher stated that he had no indication it was a destructive expertise.
On cross-examination, he acknowledged sending Weinstein textual content messages disparaging Sciorra in harsh language, calling her “filled with shit” and “an asshole.”
Elizabeth Loftus, a professor on the College of California, Irvine, instructed jurors that individuals’s recollections can change into distorted after the actual fact and testified that sturdy feelings round a reminiscence have been no assure of its accuracy..
Actress Talita Maia, a former good friend of Mann, and Thomas Richards, Mann’s former agent, testified that Mann confirmed no indicators of misery hours after she was allegedly raped.
Throughout closing arguments Weinstein’s lead legal professional, Donna Rotunno, urged jurors to place apart their feelings and instructed them they have been the “final line of protection” towards an “overzealous” media and prosecution.
Weinstein by no means took the stand, though he instructed reporters outdoors court docket that he had wished to. His legal professionals stated the prosecution case was so weak that they didn't want his testimony.
On Monday, Weinstein was convicted of sexual assault and third-degree rape. He faces as much as 25 years in jail, a victory for the #MeToo motion that impressed girls to go public with misconduct allegations towards highly effective males. The jury acquitted Weinstein on two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carried a possible life sentence, and first-degree rape. Justice James Burke ordered Weinstein to be held in custody and he was put in handcuffs by officers in court docket. Officers helped Weinstein unsteadily to his toes earlier than main him away.
Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware and Brendan Pierson in New York; Enhancing by Noeleen Walder and Howard Goller