Harvey Weinstein Rape Trial In Los Angeles Begins
Harvey Weinstein rape trial in Los Angeles on multiple charges of rape and sexual assault. A prosecutor said that Weinstein committed a series of graphic rapes in hotel rooms across the city, and a group of women said that Weinstein's power in Hollywood made them afraid.
Monday was the first day of opening statements. Prosecutors in Los Angeles said that eight women, including Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker, and actor who is now married to the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, would talk about what they say Weinstein did wrong.
Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial in LA begins
After his lawyers made opening statements on Monday, the woman was the first person to take the stand. The US business magazine Deadline said Jane Doe 1 also put her hand over her mouth as she talked about how Weinstein is said to have grabbed her by the hair and pushed her face toward his genitalia.
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In October 2017, after the New York Times and the New Yorker reported on multiple allegations of sexual assault by Weinstein, the woman filed a complaint with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Weinstein was wheeled into the courtroom in Los Angeles on Monday wearing a black suit, a blue tie, and glasses. He sat at the right edge of the defense table.
Jane Doe 1 told the jury that her ability to speak English was a factor in her meeting with Weinstein. At times, she did this with the help of a Russian interpreter.
She said that she lived in Rome in 2013 when she went to Los Angeles for the Italia Film Festival, where she was expected to "work red carpets." She told the court that she had met Weinstein before in Rome. When he asked her to come to his hotel room, she said no.
She said that she saw Weinstein in a VIP room at the event in Los Angeles, but that they "barely" talked. Later, when she got back to her hotel room, the front desk connected her to a call from someone who said he was Weinstein and wanted to see her.
She said that when he came into her room, they talked about small things before Weinstein took off his jacket and asked about a massage. She said that Weinstein then said something about how big her breasts were, and then he tried to open her robe. She said she moved away and asked him to leave again.
She told the jury that she was afraid that might have thought she liked him because of her bad English. But she said she was trying to explain that she wouldn't have sex "because I have three kids."
She said that Weinstein opened his pants and forced her to have oral sex with him. During opening arguments on Monday, Mark Werksman, Weinstein's lawyer, told the jury that the case against the former movie producer would "disappear" if they looked at it closely.
Mr. Werksman said that all of the accusations were either true or were made up. He said that the evidence in the case is "based on emotion, not facts," and that the accusers were taking part in "transactional sex."
It was the casting couch. Everyone did it. He did it. They did it. Because each wanted something from another. Now look at him [Weinstein]. He's not Brad Pitt or George Clooney. Do you think these beautiful women had sex with him because he's hot? They did it because he is powerful.- Mark Werksman
He suggested "an asteroid called the MeToo movement" struck with "such ferocity that everything changed overnight. And Mr. Weinstein became the epicenter of the MeToo movement."
During the trial, Mr. Werksman told the jury that there would be neither eyewitness evidence nor forensic evidence to back up the sexual assault claims.
You will see that not a single [Jane Doe] reported to the police that she had been sexually assaulted until five years after the fact. You will see reams of emails and texts from the very women who accuse him of sexual assault asking him for future meetings expressing regret that they didn't see him. Asking for favours.- Mark Werksman
Weinstein, who is 70 years old, has pleaded not guilty to 11 sexual assault charges from 2004 to 2013. These charges came from five women.
The Los Angeles case is being heard by a jury of nine men and three women. The jury was chosen over the course of about two weeks. The trial should last until the end of November.
Weinstein was found guilty of rape and other sexual crimes in 2020 and given a 23-year prison sentence. In August, the highest court in New York let him make a new case.
The former movie producer was moved to the Los Angeles county jail to wait for his second trial. If he is found guilty of the new charges, he could spend more than 100 years in prison.
Four counts of rape, four counts of forced oral copulation, one count of sexual penetration by force, one count of sexual battery by restraint, and one count of sexual battery are among the charges from the grand jury.
In October 2017, The New York Times and The New Yorker said that Harvey Weinstein had been accused by dozens of women of rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse over at least 30 years. Over eighty women in the movie business eventually said that Weinstein had done these things.
Weinstein has already been in prison for 23 years since he was found guilty of rape and sexual assault in New York City in 2020. If Weinstein is found guilty in his current trial in Los Angeles, he could spend the rest of his life in jail.
Errol Morris's documentary The Thin Blue Line, which came out in 1988, brought Harvey Weinstein and Miramax more attention. The film told the story of Randall Dale Adams, who was wrongly convicted and put on death row. Soon after the case became public, Adams was set free, and Miramax got attention all over the country.
After Harvey Weinstein was found guilty in New York just a few months before the pandemic lockdown, the latest rape trial against him in Los Angeles seemed like a formality.
But in August, the New York State Court of Appeals said he could appeal his conviction, which comes with a 23-year sentence starting in 2019. Rotunno, who calls herself a feminist and has talked badly about the MeToo movement, brought up the testimony that was expected from the accuser in the New York case, Young.
She basically said that Weinstein's lawyers would be keeping an eye on things in the hopes of finding some kind of difference.