LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein suggested Thursday that changes to a massage therapist’s account of a 2010 sexual assault by the former movie mogul mean he made up the details, while he insisted the trauma was caused by It turned out to be more accurate to work. memories
Weinstein’s attorney Mark Werksman pointed out discrepancies over time in the stories he told police and prosecutors in 2019 and 2020 in his testimony to a grand jury last year, and in his words on the witness stand Wednesday, when he said Weinstein had He was trapped. A bathroom, masturbated in front of her and grabbed her breasts after taking her to his Beverly Hills hotel room for a massage.
“Do you think your memory is better now than it was three years ago?” asked the worker.
“Yes,” he replied. At another place, he said, “My memory was blurry then, but now I remember everything.”
The woman said she has discussed the attack with friends, authorities, a therapist and others, explaining the painful details of her face that she has buried in her memory.
Werksman asked if the talks represented an effort to “build consensus.”
The woman insisted that it was not.
“The more I talked about it, the more I remembered the trauma that happened to me,” he said. “I’ve been putting it off for a long time.”
Woman going to court by Jane Doe. The Associated Press typically does not name people who say they have been sexually assaulted.
Weinstein is charged with sexual battery in connection with the incident, one of 11 counts of sexual assault involving five women he has accused at his Los Angeles trial. He has pleaded not guilty and denied engaging in any non-consensual sex. He is already serving a 23-year sentence in New York.
Werksman remained specific about whether Weinstein groped her over or under her clothes, her story suspiciously shifting over time to the skin-to-skin contact required by California law for sexual battery. be included.
“You didn’t change your story from ‘it didn’t happen at all’ to ‘I’m 95 percent sure’ to ‘I’m 100 percent sure’ so they could prosecute Mr. Weinstein criminally?” the worker asked.
“No,” he said.
“Your story is like the American economy, eight percent inflation, isn’t it?” Workman said, though the judge dismissed the question after objection.
She testified Wednesday that she was embarrassed and humiliated that she allowed herself to be alone with Weinstein several times, including two more massages where she said he engaged in the same unwanted sexual behavior.
During cross-examination, the defense seized on the matter.
“He calls for another massage, and you say ‘buzz of crap’ and hang up, right?” asked the worker.
“No,” said the woman.
“No,” replied the worker, “you schedule another massage.”
During the first massage, Weinstein and the woman discussed writing a book about his techniques for the publishing arm of his film company, Miramax.
Werksman suggested that the woman had willingly done sexual favors for Weinstein in order to improve her chances of publication.
“You pursued a book deal because that was your end of the bargain for having sex with Mr. Weinstein, right?” he asked.
“Wrong,” she said.
The woman said the book was Weinstein’s idea, and while she was intrigued and participated in months of emails with his employees, the decision to release it was mutual.
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