NEW YORK – It is the protection's go-to query at Harvey Weinstein's rape trial: If the once-revered Hollywood mogul is a revolting sexual predator, as prosecutors and scores of ladies allege, why did a few of his accusers hold interacting with him for years after their alleged assaults?
Prosecutors hope to offer jurors some solutions and neutralize that line of questioning earlier than too lengthy with the assistance of Dr. Barbara Ziv, a forensic psychiatrist who testified about the identical points on the 2018 retrial that resulted in Invoice Cosby's conviction on expenses he drugged and molested a lady years earlier.
In her opening assertion  earlier this week, prosecutor Meghan Hast instructed jurors the knowledgeable witness set to testify Friday will dispel “myths” about how victims behave throughout and after rapes and sexual assaults.
In evaluating lots of of victims, Ziv has discovered most victims “are assaulted by somebody they know, do not bodily resist or attempt to battle off their attacker, do not instantly report the assault and attain again out to their attacker,” Hast mentioned.
However Weinstein lawyer Damon Cheronis cautioned jurors in his opening that Ziv hasn't truly examined any of Weinstein's accusers. Cheronis zeroed in on a message from one telling Weinstein that she beloved him and wished him to fulfill her mom.
“Women and gents, that is not the way you speak to your predator,” Cheronis mentioned.
Ziv is predicted to be the prosecution's third witness on the New York Metropolis trial of the once-powerful mogul whose downfall catalyzed the (hash)MeToo motion.
Weinstein, 67, is charged with forcibly performing oral intercourse on former manufacturing assistant Mimi Haleyi in his New York residence in 2006 and raping an aspiring actress in a New York resort room in 2013.
The producer behind such Oscar-winning motion pictures as “Pulp Fiction” and “Shakespeare in Love” has insisted any sexual encounters have been consensual.
Thursday's court docket session was consumed by actress Annabella Sciorra's testimony that Weinstein overpowered and raped her when he confirmed up on the door of her Manhattan residence in 1993 or 1994.
Preserving with technique, Weinstein's attorneys seized on her actions after the alleged assault. On cross-examination, for instance, protection legal professional Donna Rotunno questioned Sciorra's determination to make the 1997 Weinstein-produced movie “Copland,” contemplating their historical past.
Sciorra, now 59, claimed she wasn't conscious of Weinstein's involvement till she agreed to seem within the movie, partially as a result of neither his title nor that of his film studio appeared on the script she used to audition.
Rotunno, often called a #MeToo skeptic, additionally challenged Sciorra's testimony that she was dismayed to seek out out she was booked in a resort room proper subsequent to Weinstein's on a visit to the Cannes Movie Pageant to advertise “Copland.”
Sciorra instructed the jury of seven males and 5 ladies that she bought one other jolt when she opened her resort room door early one morning to seek out Weinstein standing there in his underwear holding a bottle of oil in a single hand and a video within the different.
“You already know Harvey Weinstein is within the room subsequent door to you, right?” mentioned an incredulous Rotunno. “You already know that the final time you heard a knock on the door and answered it with out seeing who was on the opposite finish did not go properly, right?”
Sciorra's allegations are outdoors the statute of limitations for prison expenses on their very own, however her testimony could possibly be an element as prosecutors look to indicate that Weinstein has engaged in a sample of predatory habits.
Prosecutors plan to name three different accusers as witnesses for a similar objective throughout the monthlong trial.
With Sciorra's testimony contemporary of their recollections, jurors might quickly hear from actress Rosie Perez, one in all two associates she mentioned she instructed in regards to the alleged rape lengthy earlier than she went public with the allegations in an October 2017 article in The New Yorker.
Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon previewed Perez's testimony in court docket after the jury went residence for the day, aiming to influence Choose James Burke to permit her to take the witness stand as what's often called a “immediate outcry” witness.
Such witnesses are allowed to corroborate an accuser's declare that they reported a intercourse crime to another person quickly after it occurred. Weinstein's attorneys are objecting, saying her testimony will not meet that normal. Burke has but to rule.
In response to Illuzzi, Perez would inform jurors that she spoke to Sciorra one night time after the alleged rape and that Sciorra instructed her, in impact: “I believe one thing unhealthy occurred to me. I consider I used to be raped.”
 Iluzzi mentioned Perez will testify she heard extra in regards to the assault from different individuals whereas Sciorra was in another country for a movie obligation and that they then had one other dialog. Sciorra testified Thursday that, on the time, she was having run-ins with Weinstein banging on her resort room door. Illuzzi mentioned Perez will testify that Sciorra instructed her, in impact: “I do not need him to get me once more”
By way of these conversations, Perez surmised that Weinstein was the particular person Sciorra was speaking about, Illuzzi mentioned, and in impact mentioned: “Oh my God, Harvey Weinstein was the one that raped you, is not that proper?”
“Sciorra was very upset,” Illuzzi mentioned, summarizing the dialog. “She says: ‘My God, I do not even keep in mind telling you, however sure, he was the one and he did this to me.”


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