Harvey Weinstein’s defense strategy in his Los Angeles sex crimes trial took another interesting twist on Wednesday, this time accusing an Italian model on the stand of lying about the toppled titan’s testicles.
The model, identified as Jane Doe 1, told jurors in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday that Weinstein attacked her in a hotel room in Beverly Hills in 2013, where he forced her to give him a fellatio, had tried to penetrate her vagina with her fingers and penis. , and finally masturbated in the bathroom after having “erection problems”. After the attack, she said Weinstein “acted like nothing was wrong” before warning her not to tell anyone about the attack.
“I wanted to die. It was disgusting. It was humiliating, [and] wretched. I didn’t fight,” Jane Doe 1 said. “I remember how he was looking at himself in the mirror and he was telling me to look at him. I wish this never happened to me.
But throughout cross-examination, Weinstein’s legal team sought to poke holes in the harrowing allegations, even if it involved talking about the former producer’s testicles in open court. Defense attorney Alan Jackson revealed Wednesday that at the time of the alleged incident, Weinstein’s testicles had been surgically relocated to his inner thighs.
The physical abnormality, Jackson told Jane Doe 1, would make it difficult for her to allegedly comply with Weinstein’s request “to play with his balls.” According to her interview with authorities in 2017, the defense attorney added that she put Weinstein’s testicles in her mouth.
“I was trying to do what he wanted,” she said, referring to her previous testimony in which she said she was terrified of Weinstein after he became aggressive that night.
Jane Doe 1 also noted that Weinstein had “testicle issues,” but insisted she never changed her story about the assault.
“I described he had a problem, it wasn’t the testicles but it was a part of him,” she added.
Jackson, however, questioned why she told police about Weinstein’s testicles but not the grand jury. He also asked if she “changed her story” after learning Weinstein “didn’t have testicles in his scrotum” after his 1999 operation between his first police interview and his grand jury testimony.
Prosecutors took the time to redirect Wednesday afternoon to question Jane Doe 1 again about Weinstein’s physique.
“Under his belly, his belly, he has very scar tissue. It doesn’t look like after surgery, it’s not straight scars, it’s kinda messed up and really bad scar tissue,” a- she said, later adding that she didn’t know Weinstein’s testicles until his lawyer mentioned it.”He’s circumcised. He had an area like with empty skin and it was like where he didn’t. only had one testicle or it was just fine, because he was adjusting with his hand, it’s like an embarrassment, it’s probably like his testicles are going up or he doesn’t have a testicle.”
As she continued to describe her genitals, Weinstein put a hand to her forehead, looking annoyed.
The model was the first to testify against Weinstein in his second sex crimes trial. Weinstein, 70, has pleaded not guilty to multiple counts, including rape, after he allegedly assaulted five women in Los Angeles between 2003 and 2014. At least eight women are expected to testify against Weinstein, who was convicted of crimes similar in New York and is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors argued this week that Weinstein used his power in Hollywood to lure and sexually abuse women under the guise of career development. He used that same power, prosecutors said, to ensure those women remained silent about the alleged assaults. To prove this pattern of behavior, prosecutors warned jurors they would hear details — and images — about Weinstein’s scarred genitals from several women who describe ‘unique things about his body’ after his surgery. .
“This operation caused some pretty noticeable scarring, and you’ll see the footage,” Assistant District Attorney Paul Thompson said Monday. “Due to an infection, his testicles were removed from his scrotum and placed inside his thighs.”
Weinstein’s defense team, however, insisted to jurors that the women who spoke were liars who knowingly engaged in “transactional sex” with the once-famous producer. Mark Werksman, one of Weinstein’s attorneys, went so far as to insist that Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who is set to testify in the case, would be “just another bimbo who slept with Harvey Weinstein to get ahead in Hollywood” if she was not married to California Governor Gavin Newsom.
But on Wednesday, jurors continued to hear allegations from Jane Doe 1, which she says began after Weinstein showed up unexpectedly at her hotel room in February 2013. She said that after Weinstein offered her a massage, she was “rather hysterical through the tears” he finally forced his mouth towards his penis.
“I was freaking out in fear,” she added, noting that Weinstein continued the onslaught even though he wasn’t still fully erect. The model said Weinstein asked her to stop but she kept moving during the assault so he couldn’t “get into” her.
“I was scared for my life, I was scared for my children. I was scared for my reputation,” she added.
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