Harvey Weinstein’s trial is shifting at a quicker tempo than predicted, with three extra of his accusers anticipated to testify earlier than the top of the week .
A secondary witness took the stand Tuesday as a part of the prosecution’s effort to corroborate Mimi Haleyi’s earlier testimony, the place she detailed her allegation that Weinstein compelled oral intercourse on her at his New York Metropolis condominium in 2006.
Elizabeth Entin, Haleyi’s former roommate, advised jurors that the previous Venture Runway manufacturing assistant advised her in regards to the encounter a short while after it occurred.
Entin stated Haleyi was anxious and pacing as she recounted telling Weinstein, “No. No.”
She stated she advised Haleyi, “That seems like rape. Why do not you name a lawyer?” however Haleyi did not wish to pursue it or speak about it.
On cross-examination by certainly one of Weinstein’s legal professionals, Donna Rotunno, Entin additionally recalled considering at first that it was simply “silly” that Weinstein stored displaying up unannounced on the ladies’s condominium.
“As a result of this older man was making an attempt to get your pal? Right?” Rotunno requested.
“Right,” Entin stated.
“And also you thought it humorous?” Rotnunno requested.
“We did, on the time,” Entin stated, recalling how her pet Chihuahua, Peanut, as soon as chased Weinstein across the condominium.
The ladies considered Weinstein “as a pathetic older man making an attempt actually exhausting to hit on” Haleyi, Entin stated.
Extra Molineux witnesses anticipated
The day’s courtroom actions have been abbreviated, ending by 11 a.m. As Weinstein left the courtroom, a reporter within the corridor requested, “Mr. Weinstein, are you afraid of Chihuahuas?”
Weinstein smiled. “Do I appear to be I am afraid of Chihuahuas?” he stated.
Later this week, two extra ladies are anticipated to testify about alleged “prior unhealthy acts” by Weinstein — referred to as “Molineux” witnesses — adopted by a key witness who says he raped her at a lodge in 2013. A remaining Molineux witness would testify subsequent Monday, finishing the majority of a prosecution case within the trial that was initially anticipated to stretch into March.
Attorneys for Weinstein, 67, who’s charged with sexually assaulting Haleyi and raping an aspiring actress in 2013, have insisted any sexual encounters have been consensual and zeroed in on his accusers’ continued contact with him after the alleged assaults.
Final week, Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra testified that Weinstein overpowered and raped her after barging into her condominium within the mid-1990s. Whereas exterior the statute of limitations for prison fees, Sciorra’s allegations could possibly be an element as prosecutors look to show Weinstein has engaged in a sample of predatory behaviour.
The Related Press doesn’t sometimes establish individuals who say they’ve been victims of sexual assault, until they comply with be named as Haleyi and Sciorra have.