a lawyer for harvey weinstein questioned an accuser on Wednesday about the disgraced movie producer’s deformed genitalia, asking if he “changed his story” of the alleged 2013 attack after learning he had undergone surgery that removed his testicles from his scrotum.
An Italian model of Russian descent, the woman told the lawyer. Alan Jackson, “I never changed my story” and said in broken English that she “described that he had a problem, that it was not the testicles but a part of him.” Jackson read aloud graphic descriptions the woman gave police in 2017 that Weinstein allegedly forced her to perform oral sex on him. The woman implied in her answers that she did not deliberately omit any of her grand jury testimony that she told police, but she was not asked about certain details in the grand jury proceeding that she shared with the police. detectives.
“When people interview, when the detective interviews, I am speaking. In grand jury testimony, they ask questions,” she said.
the testimony was it’s not the first time An accuser described Weinstein’s genitalia in the courtroom as it was a key focus in his 2020 trial in New York. Identified in court only as Jane Doe 1, the woman finished testifying around 4:16 p.m. Wednesday after taking the stand as the first witness Monday afternoon. She broke down sobbing during initial questioning by the Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney. paul thompson but went on to endure two full days of testimony, including about a day and a half of cross-examination by Jackson.
Jane Doe 1 is one of four alleged victims behind eight sexual assault-related charges Weinstein faces, after prosecutors dropped a fifth accuser from the case shortly before the trial began.
He is already serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault convictions outside of New York, Weinstein, 70, faces a possible life sentence if convicted in California.
Four other women will testify as witnesses to “prior wrongdoing,” though Weinstein’s attorneys have argued that another witness, Weinstein’s former personal assistant Rowena Chiu, should also be considered a prior witness to wrongdoing rather than a witness who will testify to Weinstein’s knowledge and understanding of consent. He has publicly said that Weinstein tried to rape her in 1998.
jackson law partner worker mark emphatically compared prosecutors’ use of Chiu as a witness to “Icarus…about to fly to approach the sun on his wings of wax” and warned the Los Angeles County Superior Court Lisa B Lench your concession might be “is that what is going to cause a real problem if there is a conviction in this case”.
The judge refused to change his decision, so Chiu is expected to testify about what Werksman called a “slobbery apology” Weinstein allegedly made to him while finalizing a settlement over the incident. Werksman said the nature of the deal will surely come, but Lench reiterated Tuesday that “there will be no financial description of the deals.”
Meanwhile, Jane Doe 1 fielded questions throughout the day Tuesday and Wednesday, centered on her visit to Los Angeles in February 2013 for the Los Angeles Italy Film Festival, where she saw Weinstein after initially meeting him in Rome. She testified that he showed up at her hotel without her invitation and entered her room, then forced her to perform oral sex on her limp penis before taking her to the bathroom and raping her over a sink as she told him to tell him that he liked it.
Werksman said in his opening that the woman completely fabricated the encounter. At her cross Wednesday, Jackson asked her if she had photos or videos of her injuries from the alleged assault. She said no.
“Do you think someone after a rape records a video of himself?” she asked.
“Anything you can show this jury that would substantiate that you were with Harvey Weinstein that night?” Jackson asked.
“I had his jacket, but I gave it away,” the woman replied through tears. She previously testified that Weinstein left her behind and described how she got in touch with the film festival organizer. pascal vicedomini and the coat ended up in the lost property hotel.
Jackson asked the woman Wednesday if she was in a relationship with Vicedomini, but Judge Lench upheld Thompson’s objection to which the woman never responded. She previously said that she and Vicedominin were just “close friends”.
Jackson disputed her testimony by showing Facebook and text messages between her and Vicedominin, including an exchange about a visit to his hotel in which she said “I’m waiting for you…” and he replied, “I’m on my way, love.”
She brushed off the questioning by saying that Italians often call each other “my love” or “my love.”
The woman said she visited a doctor after the assault. Jackson asked him about an interview with the Los Angeles police in which he said he visited a doctor in Italy about a week after the assault to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases because Weinstein did not use a condom, but only told the doctor that she had unprotected sex, not that she was raped. The questioning, however, was inexplicably stopped by Judge Lench, who called the attorneys to the stand before Jackson resumed questioning. The woman later testified that she had stayed in Los Angeles a few weeks after the incident, so she may have obtained the timing of her visit to the doctor during her police interview.
“I can’t see any doctors here. I don’t have any doctor here… I was living in Rome,” she said.
Jackson then reviewed the woman’s attempts to contact the doctor who examined her in Italy and her claims to police that he would not cooperate. She said she didn’t remember, but after Jackson handed her a document to review, she testified, “I reached out to him on Facebook and privately because he said he had no record of that period… I was telling him please it’s really important to me and said I don’t want to get involved.” She later said that she visited two different doctors and told Jackson that she didn’t remember if she had talked about the second visit in police interviews or in previous big testimony.
He also confirmed that he had reported Weinstein to the police after the New York Times articles about Weinstein published in October 2017, but claimed the media blitz was “not massive.”
Jackson also showed a photo that the woman or her PR team posted on Instagram of her smiling with Al Pacino, with the caption “Mr. Al Pacino” followed by some smiley emojis. Jackson notes that it was published after she “claims that Harvey Weinstein brutally raped her.”
“I talked to management about my PR team… I was trying to act like nothing happened,” he said.
The photos were among several Jackson asked her about as she tried to show her good humor and relaxed demeanor in the weeks after the alleged assault. In two, the woman is with Quentin Tarantino Y christoph waltz at the 2013 Italian Film Festival, and in another he’s hugging Tarantino with Waltz and Weinstein in the frame. The woman repeatedly replied that she had to keep up a good appearance for her career and she said that she did not know that The Weinstein Company hosted the Golden Globes party that she attended in 2017.
“If you had seen the Weinstein Company, would you have turned around and gone the other way?” Jackson asked.
“Of course not,” she replied, saying that she was with her friends. “I can’t tell my friends anything, so I have to go.”
Jackson also questioned the woman about a fire alarm she said went off in her hotel room at 12:41 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2013, the night she says Weinstein raped her. He never provided evidence of the alarm, but told her it went off for four minutes “at basically the same time Mr. Weinstein was in your room… raping you.”
“Do you think you’d remember that fire alarm?” she asked. She rejected the suggestion that the alarm occurred during the attack and also said that she never left her room for an evacuation.
“You didn’t hear the fire alarm because you weren’t in your room at 12:41 am” that night, Jackson said.
Thompson started his redirect at around 3:43 p.m.
When asked how she was feeling after three days on the stand, the woman said she was exhausted, barely eating or sleeping, and having severe panic attacks.
“It’s really awkward to talk about this in front of strangers, it’s really hurtful that my kids are reading this,” she said.
Thompson reviewed a transcript of the woman’s first police interview in which she said of Weinstein: “Under his stomach, belly, he has a lot of scar tissue. It doesn’t look like surgery, it’s not straight scars, it’s kind of messy and very bad scar tissue.”
Thompson asked him to describe Weinstein’s body under his penis.
He is circumcised. He had an area like with empty skin and it was like he only had one testicle or it was just going away because he was adjusting with his hand, it’s like a nuisance, it’s like his testicles probably came out or he didn’t have a testicle,” he said. testified.
When asked why he didn’t ask for help, he said. “All these years I feel very guilty about it,” she said, trailing off.
“I punished myself a lot. I’m sorry I didn’t fight, I didn’t defend myself. I can do better,” she continued.
Jackson asked no questions to cross again, and the woman left the witness stand around 4:16 p.m. after being told by Judge Lench that she might be called to testify again.
The trial resumes Thursday at 9:30 am in Los Angeles.
This article is compiled in part from a joint report organized by The Associated Press. Wednesday’s reporting was from James Queally of the Los Angeles Times.
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