The Weinstein rape accuser will face an interrogation at the trial
NEW YORK: A key prosecutor in Harvey's story will face a potentially grueling interrogation about why she maintained a relationship with him despite her accusations that the once powerful movie mogul sexually assaulted her.
The 34-year-old woman, who will return to the witness stand on Monday, told the jury last week that Weinstein caught her in a New York hotel room in March 2013, and angrily ordered her to undress while he undressed hovered over her, and then raped her.
Still, he kept in touch, sending flattering emails, because his ego was very fragile, he said, and made me feel safe, worshiping him in this regard. I wanted to be perceived as innocent and naive.
A second attack occurred eight months later at a hotel in Los Angeles, where he worked as a hairdresser, after he told Weinstein that he was dating an actor, he said.
You owe me one more time! She said he yelled at her. She said she begged him not to take off her clothes, but he said: I don't have time for games, and she ripped off her pants before spreading her legs and raping her.
The testimony comes at a crucial moment in Weinstein's trial, whose fall energized the MeToo (hash) movement. He is accused in New York of the 2013 rape and also sexually assaulted Mimi Haleyi, a former Project Runway production assistant, in 2006. A conviction could put him behind bars for the rest of his life.
Weinstein, 67, has insisted that any sexual encounter was agreed upon. His lawyers aim to raise questions about the credibility of the rape accuser by taking advantage of his complicated history with the former film producer.
The alleged rape victim caused a stir on Friday when, when a prosecutor asked him to describe Weinstein's body, he said that when he saw him naked for the first time, he noticed extreme scars on his stomach and thought he had characteristics of the male and female genitalia . .
When I saw him for the first time, he was full of compassion, absolute compassion, he said, adding: It seemed that his anger came from a place of pain.