angel. A Los Angeles jury deliberated yesterday to decide the fate of disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, who faces additional sex assault charges that could land him behind bars for life.
If convicted, the man who was once one of the most powerful people in Hollywood could face another 140 years in prison.
The 70-year-old producer faces seven charges, including rape and forced oral sex on women at hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty.
For a month, 12 jurors heard testimony from women who accused the movie mogul of groping them in hotel rooms.
Women, including First Lady of California Jennifer Siebel-Newsom, have had elaborate sexual encounters against their will and under physical or psychological coercion.
Many of the accusers cried during their testimony, claiming they begged Weinstein to stop while touching them, or forcing them to perform oral sex or masturbate on him.
He claimed to have kept quiet for fear of retribution because of Weinstein’s power.
The prosecution portrayed him as a predator who used his influence to pressure and abuse women, as well as taking advantage of his physical size to intimidate them.
The defense disputed that Weinstein’s relationship was consensual and centered on the idea that all encounters were transactions, with women seeking an opportunity in the competitive film industry, which they ruled for many years.
Liked by the producer of the film artist hey good will Hunting He has been serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York since 2020, also for rape and sexual assault, a verdict that marked a milestone for the movement Me too,
“The time has come to end the defendant’s reign of terror,” prosecutor Marlene Martinez said as part of her closing arguments.
“We are aware of the defendant’s conduct,” Martinez said. “He thought he was so powerful, that people could excuse his behavior (…) Harvey for being Harvey. That’s Hollywood, and that’s what a lot of people have done for a long time. They all started looking the other way.” “
The defense pointed out that the prosecution had failed to prove that the sexual relationship between Weinstein and his accusers was non-consensual.
“Trust My Word”, according to the defense, is a case presented by the prosecution.
Defense attorney Alan Jackson dismissed testimony from women who had sat before the jury, or as those who had in the past sought to advance their careers through intimate contacts.
In his speech, Jackson dedicated a separate mention to the First Lady of California.
Seibel-Newsom testified that she met with Weinstein in 2005 to talk about her possible entry into Hollywood, but was in turn violated by the movie mogul.
Jackson said, “(Siebel-Newsom) it could not occur to her mind that being a successful, well-educated, well-bred, sophisticated woman, she had consensual sex with Harvey Weinstein for an opportunity.” Build relationships.”
“Repentance is not rape. You don’t have the right to rewrite your history, no matter who you marry,” she said, referring to Seibel-Newsom’s husband, California governor and successful Democratic politician Gavin Newsom. .
Intimate details about Weinstein’s physical identity were revealed and elaborated on during testimony seen in silence by someone responsible for boosting a career like Matt Damon or Ben Affleck.
The producer did not testify in his own defence.