HARVEY Weinstein used his shut relationships with Invoice and Hilary Clinton to “intimidate” his victims to comply with his orders, a court docket heard on Wednesday.
The 67-year-old disgraced Hollywood producer would name Invoice when he was in entrance of not less than one in all his accusers, the court docket heard, and would discuss to the previous president “each different day.”
A court docket heard of Mr Weinstein’s alleged shut ties to former president Invoice Clinton[/caption]
A former director at Weinstein’s firm defined the media mogul’s ties to the Clintons[/caption]
The claims had been made by the primary witness in Weinstein’s case, which sees the media mogul face rape and sexual assault expenses that would see him spend life in jail.
Lance Maerov, a former director at The Weinstein Co., mentioned: “Harvey made no secret of the very fact he was related to very highly effective individuals.”
When requested by Assistant District Lawyer Joan Illuzzi if this meant presidents and former presidents, Mr Maerov answered, “Sure.”
Miss Illuzi then requested if Mr. Weinstein was “notably shut with the Clintons,” to which Mr Maerov mentioned, “Sure, he’d inform me (about them).”
Wednesday noticed each authorized groups give their opening statements to a jury of seven males and 5 ladies in New York.
In constructing a case to indicate the facility Weinstein wielded, prosecutors confirmed the jury an image of Weinstein, then on the peak of his powers, posing with Invoice Clinton.
Additionally they likened him to the child-eating witch within the gingerbread home from the fairy-tale Hansel And Gretel.
Assistant District Lawyer Meghan Hast mentioned: “Throughout this trial, you’re going to be taught that the defendant was a savvy, highly effective Hollywood producer residing a lavish way of life.
“However the proof may even present that man was a sexual predator and rapist.
“That man . . . was not only a titan in Hollywood, however a rapist who sexually assaulted these ladies after they refused to conform together with his needs after which used his energy and status within the leisure business to silence them.”
In addition to describing Weinstein as a “sexual predator,” prosecutors additionally claimed that the media mogul as soon as screamed at a sufferer that she “owed” him intercourse.
Weinstein additionally attacked one other lady after pushing his approach into her condominium, prosecutors mentioned.
The trial has been seen as a key second within the #metoo motion, which noticed dozens of girls accuse Weinstein of sexually harassing or assaulting them.
In New York, Weinstein is dealing with the accusations of two ladies: Jessica Mann, named by prosecutors for the primary time on Wednesday, and Mimi Haleyi, a former manufacturing assistant.
Weinstein can be accused of twice raping manufacturing assistant Haleyi, who mentioned publicly that Weinstein compelled oral intercourse on her in 2006.
He’s additionally mentioned to have lunged at Haleyi in a separate incident at a metropolis resort.
Ms. Hast informed the jury: “She thought that she may one way or the other take the facility again, however she was coping with a sexual predator.
“She left feeling ashamed, silly and nugatory. The rating was Harvey Weinstein — every thing. Miriam Haleyi zero.”
Weinstein faces 5 expenses – together with predatory intercourse assault and rape – relating to 2 ladies[/caption]
Mann, the second accuser within the case, claimed that she had discovered a needle in a resort toilet following an alleged 2013 assault by Weinstein.
She realized Weinstein had injected himself to get an erection after Googling the drug, the prosecution mentioned.
Ms. Hast mentioned: “Over the following few months years, she continued to see him. You’ll be taught that Jessica Mann felt trapped.
“She felt that there was no solution to get out with out struggling — her mates, her profession, or worse, bodily hurt. She may do that, she thought. Perhaps he actually did suppose she was proficient. Perhaps I can simply grin and bear it.
“He turned extra demanding and violent, extra violent and disgusting, so disgusting. Jessica Mann tried to placed on a courageous face, pretending to the world that nothing was incorrect. All of the whereas, you’ll be taught, she was dying inside.”
One alleged rape was so violent that it left marks on the sufferer’s thighs, the court docket was informed.
The sufferer alleges Weinstein justified the marks by saying, “I simply discover you so enticing I couldn’t resist you.”
DEFENSE HITS BACK
Weinstein’s protection hit again at Mann’s claims, citing that she had referred to as Weinstein her informal boyfriend.
Pointing to messages Weinstein shared with the accusers, protection legal professional Damon Cheronis mentioned that Mann informed the producer: “I like you however I hate feeling like a booty name.”
Weinstein, who was helped into court docket by one in all his PR brokers, denies 5 expenses of rape and sexual assault.
The court docket heard that within the mid-1990s he allegedly raped Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, after the pair had dinner collectively in Manhattan.
Miss Hast mentioned: “She informed him to get out, she informed him no, however Harvey Weinstein is undeterred. Annabella remembers in some unspecified time in the future giving up the battle simply hoping it could finish.”
Weinstein then carried out oral intercourse on Miss Sciorra till her physique started to violently shake, the court docket heard.
She was “emotionally and bodily destroyed” and handed out.
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Weinstein – behind hit Hollywood movies Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare In Love – is just not anticipated to offer proof.
The case is separate from a $25 million settlement he has provisionally agreed with dozens of victims all over the world.
Weinstein additionally faces separate expenses of rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles.
Mr Weinstein left court docket on Wednesday utilizing a walker[/caption]
Lance Maerov, a former director at The Weinstein Co., testified concerning the media mogul’s ties to the Clintons[/caption]