In closing arguments, the Harvey Weinstein prosecutor names an “abusive rapist” and a “predator” who originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
A New York prosecutor described Harvey Weinstein on Friday as a “master of the universe” who for decades had abused and thrown away “disposable” women. He kept chasing that one day one of them would “step out of the shadows and name him exactly as he was.” – an abusive rapist. “
In a lively three-hour final dispute, New York Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi told the jury that the day had come.
She called Weinstein a “predator” with a “secure insurance policy – the witnesses stood in line to get into his universe”.
“The universe is run by me, and they cannot complain if they are entered, spat upon, demoralized and, yes, raped and abused by me – the king,” said Illuzzi, walking directly up and down the jury box , a day after defender Donna Rotunno decided to largely stay behind a podium facing the judges.
Weinstein is charged with five crimes for allegedly raping a woman in 2013 and violent sex act against Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi in 2006. He pleaded not guilty and claims that sexual encounters were consensual.
ABC News does not name the rape suspect because she has not identified herself publicly like other witnesses.
Yesterday, Rotunno’s final arguments were that the two main suspects did not “rename” consensual experiences as sexual assaults until after the fall of 2017, when the New York Times and New York revelations about Weinstein became known. The women are among more than 80 who publicly accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
“The hallmark of a predator”
On Friday, Illuzzi attempted to show patterns that were interwoven in some of the prosecutor’s six reports, including the two plaintiff witnesses, both of whom had extensive contact with Weinstein after their alleged attacks, much of it via email: “If you think “Why you I didn’t say why you kept in touch with him, why you kept talking to him nicely. Remember that none of these women knew what happened to them.”
“It’s a predator’s hallmark,” Illuzzi continued. “Isolate them and they can feel the only ones. And he’s not just a giant in his own industry, he’s someone who gets presidents on the phone.
“Then really hesitate to report and not just go.”
“Playful and surprised”
Illuzzi described almost all of the accusers as “cheated and surprised” to be alone with Weinstein.
“If you have to put someone under your control, it disproves the fact that there was consent,” she said. “Then you know that you have no consent.”
She particularly focused on an incident in the summer of 2006 in which Prosecutor Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi was involved.
Weeks after the violent sexual assault he is accused of committing, Project Runway’s former production assistant went to Weinstein’s apartment again, this time with his assistant.
She testified that she felt “cheated” to be alone with him again, but did not physically resist intercourse. She said she just froze until it was over. Weinstein is not charged in this incident.
In their final arguments on Thursday, Rotunno quoted dozens of emails from both women to Weinstein about the alleged assaults, many of which were looking for a favor from him – be it professional support or advice on their own projects, cinema premiere tickets or simply personal advice ,
Given the intense trial that the rape faced during two days of cross-examination and her recognized consensual relationship with Weinstein before and after the alleged rape, Haleyi’s credibility could be critical to successful law enforcement.
Illuzzi tried to design the second incident between Haleyi and Weinstein in such a way that a setup met with surrender, not an amicable sexual encounter.
“She goes to his apartment to have a good relationship with him. She didn’t go to Harvey Weinstein’s apartment to have sex with Harvey Weinstein. She was there to be polite and professional. Is that consent to sex too “Is it a blurry line? There are no fuzzy lines here. This is a crime and willful disregard for other people. That a woman can go into a man’s apartment unaccompanied and is not sexually assaulted.”
Yet “[as] As soon as she is like a cloud of smoke in the room, the assistant is gone. The accused hurts her, unless this time she doesn’t resist. Mimi has this last event, where she is alone with the accused, whom she says to herself: “I am so stupid. I put myself in this situation. ‘She’s just waiting for it to be done … She says afterwards that he took everything I had, there was nothing else to take here and I no longer feared him. “
Illuzzi appealed to the jury to examine the witnesses.
“You didn’t come for a beauty pageant. You didn’t come for money. You didn’t come for glory. You came to be heard.”
“They sacrificed their dignity, their privacy and their peace for the prospect of having this vote, and their votes would suffice for justice,” she said.
At another important moment in the crowded courtroom, Illuzzi emailed Weinstein to a publicist when he was told that Sciorra’s report in Ronan Farrow’s story should be published in The New Yorker.
Weinstein answered with two options.
“It was consensual or denied it.”
“I submit to you,” said Illuzzi, turning to the jury, “that was a confession.”
Consultations begin on Tuesday morning.