Hollywood producer faces from 5 years in prison – until life.
January 22, in New York, the trial of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein began. He has been charged with new sexual offenses. The main materials of the criminal case included the testimonies of two women: assistant Mimi Haley and actress Jessica Mann.
A key witness in the case against Weinstein is the actress of the Clan of the Soprano Annabella Sciorra. In 2017, she first told the media that in the early 1990s in New York, the producer raped her, and then persecuted her for a long time. Shiorra could not become Weinstein’s prosecutor due to the expiration of the statute of limitations, but the prosecutors need her testimony in order to prove the defendant’s predatory behavior.
The meeting began with the opening statement of the prosecution and shocking details – in particular, as Weinstein unexpectedly went into the actress’s room in the same underwear with baby oil in his hands.
The defense of 67-year-old Weinstein insists that all intimate relationships were voluntary, and the women simply pursued a selfish purpose, agreeing to them.
Weinstein himself has repeatedly called himself a victim of circumstances.
Last year, Harvey Weinstein tentatively negotiated a $ 44 million settlement agreement with women who accused him of sexual harassment.
Recall that in October 2017, the film producer was accused of sexual harassment and violence against dozens of women working in the industry. Over the next two years, the number of these women grew to hundreds, the #MeToo movement began around the world, and Weinstein himself was left without family, friends, career, or a significant part of his fortune.