Harvey Weinstein’s New York rape trial moves on after explosive testimony




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York – Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s York trial is expected continue on , following explosive testimony from two women have accused him of sexual .

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty sexually assaulting Mimi Haleyi and Jessica Mann. Haleyi has already testified against him, as has another woman, actress Annabella Sciorra.

While Sciorra’s allegation is too old support a separate charge against Weinstein, prosecutors hope it will show he is a repeat sexual predator – a charge that could put him in prison for life.

Since 2017, than 80 women, including many famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

The accusations fueled the #MeToo movement, in which women have accused powerful men in business, entertainment, media and politics of sexual misconduct.

The trial is widely seen as a watershed moment for the movement.

Weinstein, reshaped the independent film industry with critically acclaimed pictures such as “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love”, has denied the allegations, saying that any sexual encounters were consensual.

Haleyi, worked as a assistant on a Weinstein television show, told jurors on Monday that Weinstein invited her to his Manhattan home in July 2006 and attacked her, backing her into a bedroom and forcing oral on her.

One of Weinstein’s lawyers, Damon Cheronis, cross-examined her about her continued contact with Weinstein after the alleged attack, including friendly emails and a meeting in London.

Haleyi said she “buried” the memory of the encounter and tried to maintain a professional and relationship with Weinstein.

Sciorra, known for her role on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” testified last week that Weinstein forced his way into her Manhattan apartment one winter night in 1993 or 1994 and raped her.

During cross-, another Weinstein’s lawyers, Donna Rotunno, grilled Sciorra about whether she called the police, gone to hospital or immediately told anyone that she was been raped.

Sciorra replied that she had not, saying she did not realise what had happened was at the time.

Mann, a former aspiring actress who Weinstein is accused of raping in 2013, has yet to testify.


(Reuters/NAN)