Prosecutor: Women’s Stories Show Weinstein’s Predatory Power

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FILE – Movie magnate Harvey Weinstein gets to the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, March 2,2014 Opening declarations are set to start Monday in the disgraced film magnate Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles rape and sexual attack trial. Weinstein is currently serving a 23- year-old sentence for a conviction in New York. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) The Associated Press

By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP)– A district attorney at Harvey Weinstein’s sexual attack trial informed jurors Tuesday that the accusers who will affirm will inform uncannily comparable stories of themselves as young hopeful females who were cornered in hotel spaces by a guy who at the time was the meaning of Hollywood power.

” Each of these ladies stepped forward independent of each other, and none understood one another,” Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson stated throughout his opening declaration at Weinstein’s Los Angeles trial.

The 70- year-old previous motion picture magnate, currently serving a 23- year sentence in New York, is charged with numerous counts of rape and sexual attack in California

The defense countered in its opening declaration that the events either did not occur or were consensual sex that the ladies redefined in the wake of the #MeToo motion.

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Weinstein, district attorney Thompson stated, lorded his status as “the most effective male in Hollywood” over them, speaking about the female A-list stars whose professions he had actually made prior to growing aggressive.

Thompson played a video discussion with composite pictures of the females who will affirm and prices estimate from previous reviews. Many were striving stars. One was a hopeful film writer who believed she was going to pitch him a script.

All will affirm that Weinstein neglected clear indications that they did not authorization, the district attorney stated, consisting of “their shaking bodies, their weeping, their support far from him, their stating ‘no.'” 4 ladies whom Weinstein is not charged with attacking in the event will likewise affirm about what he did to them to show his tendency for such acts, Thompson stated.

Weinstein lawyer Mark Werksman informed jurors that what Weinstein finished with the ladies was thought about appropriate, “transactional” habits in Hollywood, where girls were looking for functions and other benefits by making love with the effective motion picture mogul.

” You’ll discover that in Hollywood, sex was a product,” Werksman stated.

The accusers Weinstein is charged with attacking are anticipated to be recognized just as Jane Doe in court, however they consist of Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a star and documentary filmmaker who is wed to California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Siebel Newsom had actually not yet satisfied Newsom and was an ambitious star in 2005 when, according to his indictment, Weinstein raped her at a Beverly Hills hotel.

Without utilizing her name, both sides stated she would affirm. Werksman called her an extremely popular resident of California.”

” She’s made herself a popular victim in the #MeToo motion,” he included, “otherwise she ‘d be simply another bimbo who slept with Harvey Weinstein to get ahead in Hollywood.”

In a declaration to The Associated Press, Elizabeth Fegen, who represents Siebel Newsom and 2 other Weinstein accusers, called the remarks “despicable, desperate, deceitful.”

” The defense is callously participating in misogynistic name-calling and victim-shaming– however survivors will not be discouraged,” she included.

Werksman stated Siebel Newsom and numerous other ladies in the event had contact, and even started negotiations, with Weinstein in the years after the encounters, typically describing him passionately.

In an effort to avoid this technique, Thompson informed jurors that they would speak with a psychologist who will resolve rape misconceptions. Secret amongst them is the concept that a sexual attack victim would not have more contact with their opponent.

Werksman stated that Weinstein’s consensual acts were changed in October 2017 with “the asteroid called the #MeToo motion.”

” He ended up being the smoldering, radioactive center of it,” Werksman stated. “He is Hollywood’s Chernobyl.”

He stated that there was unexpectedly “a brand-new word” for the ladies, “victim.”

The AP does not generally call individuals who state they have actually been sexually mistreated unless they step forward openly. Siebel Newsom’s identity was initially reported by the Los Angeles Times, and her lawyer has actually informed the AP and other news outlets that she is amongst the females Weinstein is charged with sexually attacking who will affirm throughout the trial.

The very first of Weinstein’s accusers to affirm, a design and star who was living and operating in Italy when she satisfied him at a movie celebration in Los Angeles in 2013, stated she was shocked to discover him knocking at the door of her hotel space after engaging with him quickly previously that night.

She stated she was more baffled than scared in the beginning, so she let Weinstein in, however he grew more aggressive. She stated he ultimately required her to carry out foreplay.

” I was weeping, choking,” stated the lady.

She grew significantly psychological on the stand till she was sobbing a lot that she might no longer speak.

With the court day near an end, Judge Lisa Lench required a recess till Tuesday early morning, when she’ll go back to the stand.

At the start of the day, Weinstein was wheeled into court using a fit, and climbed up into a seat beside his lawyers.

Confusion developed when Thompson throughout his opening declaration made no reference of one accuser who had actually been set to affirm as just recently as recently. Weinstein was prosecuted on 11 counts general, 4 of which included the female who was not pointed out. The district lawyer’s workplace did not resolve why the lady was not referenced.

Outside court, Weinstein’s lawyer stated no charges had actually been dismissed.

” The individuals left her out of their discussion, so I didn’t discuss her,” he stated. “It’s a glaring lack, however, in their discussion.”


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