Harvey Weinstein Awaits Verdict After Tough Los Angeles Trial
< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 lgXjWn">Ex-producer Harvey Weinstein was portrayed as a methodical predator in the prosecutor's closing statement.
Will he be imprisoned for the rest of his life? The fate of deposed Hollywood magnate Harvey Weinstein is now in the hands of jurors, who left to deliberate on Friday after almost two months of an incendiary trial in Los Angeles, where his defense tried to discredit his accusers.
Accused of rape and sexual assault, the 70-year-old former movie 'king', who produced award-winning hits like Pulp Fiction and The< /em> Artist, was previously sentenced in New York, in 2020, to 23 years in prison for similar acts.
During this new trial, four women testifying anonymously accused the producer in great detail of forcing them to have sex in hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013. A fifth finally refused to testify.
After weeks of harrowing hearings, often interrupted by sobbing victims, the prosecution has painted Mr. Weinstein as an almighty ogre, whose stranglehold on Hollywood – films he produced have received more than 330 nominations Oscar winners and 81 statuettes – has long kept his victims from speaking out for fear of career repercussions.
There's no doubt that Harvey Weinstein was a predator, prosecutor Marlene Martinez in her closing statement. And like all predators, he had a method, she insisted, calling on jurors to end his reign of terror.
Hotels were his trap. Confined within these walls, the victims could not escape its imposing mass, summarized the magistrate, relying on the similarities between the testimonies.
The ex-producer, who has always assured that all his accusers were consenting, refused to testify during the hearing.
For him, the stakes are high. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to more than 100 additional years behind bars.
The verdict of this new trial in Los Angeles is also particularly important, because after an initial refusal of justice, the Supreme Court of New York finally allowed him in August to appeal his 2020 conviction, which had been a victory. leader of the #MeToo movement.
Combative, her defense systematically questioned the word of the four accusers, as well as that of other women heard as witnesses for facts that took place elsewhere than in Los Angeles.
The accusation rests entirely on the injunction, believe me, denounced Alan Jackson, one of the producer's lawyers.
According to him, two of the accusers described meetings that never took place. The other two had consensual relationships in exchange for favors in Hollywood, he said, which they later regretted and turned into accusations as they rode the avalanche of revelations aimed at Mr. Weinstein at the start of the #MeToo movement. , in 2017.
The lawyer particularly incriminated Jennifer Siebel-Newsom, the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, who revealed her identity during the trial.
Regrets are not not at all the same as a rape he tackled. You can't rewrite your own story, no matter who you're married to.
During two days of testimony, the actress told how a meeting in a hotel in Beverly Hills in 2005 turned rape, after 45 minutes of pressure from the producer.
I'm shaking. I'm crying. He knows it's not consensual at all, she explained in tears.
On the stand, she compared the method of Mr. Weinstein's lawyers, who questioned her in a very insistent manner, to that of their client. What you are doing today is exactly what he did to me, she whispered.
Actress Dominique Huett is one of about 100 women to have accused ex-producer Harvey Weinstein.
In total, nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rosanna Arquette have accused Harvey Weinstein of harassment, sexual assault or rape. But the statute of limitations has been exceeded in many of these cases, some dating back to 1977.
The ex-producer is also charged in the United Kingdom with sexual assaults which date back to 1996.