Harvey Weinstein noticed aspiring actresses as “full disposables”, legal professionals have mentioned within the closing statements of his rape trial.
Mimicking the Hollywood mogul, prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon mentioned: “The universe is run by me and they do not get to complain once they get stepped on, spit on, demoralised and, sure, raped and abused by me – the king.”
Weinstein, 67, is accused of 5 counts, together with rape and predatory sexual assault, relating to 2 girls.
The jury will resolve his destiny subsequent week and he might get a life sentence if discovered responsible.
Weinstein insists all of the sexual encounters have been consensual.
Through the prosecution’s closing arguments in New York, Ms Illuzzi confirmed pictures of six girls who testified about Weinstein’s alleged predatory behaviour, together with Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra.
She mentioned that aside from Ms Sciorra, who had grow to be extra profitable, the others have been “full disposables” and “have been by no means going to be in his world”.
The prosecutor additionally confirmed a comparability of testimony from his rape accuser, Jessica Mann, about his response when she instructed him she had a boyfriend, and Ms Sciorra’s testimony about confronting Weinstein after he allegedly raped her within the mid-1990s.
Ms Mann mentioned: “His eyes modified and he was not there. They have been very black and he ripped me up.”
The courtroom was then proven Ms Sciorra’s testimony, through which she mentioned: “His eyes went black and I assumed he was going to hit me proper there.”
The same testimonies have been used as a part of an effort to indicate Weinstein had used the identical ways through the years.
The costs in opposition to him relate to Miriam Haley, a former Venture Runway manufacturing assistant, who says Weinstein forcibly carried out oral intercourse on her 2006; and Jessica Mann – who says she was raped twice in 2013 whereas in a “difficult” relationship with Weinstein.
Closing arguments by Weinstein’s defence workforce on Thursday mentioned the allegations have been merely “remorse named as rape” and that the prosecution had tried to color a “sinister story”.
They urged jurors to withstand being swayed by an “overzealous media”
The trial is the end result of one of many largest scandals in Hollywood historical past and the catalyst for the #MeToo motion that started in 2017.
Greater than 80 girls have claimed they have been attacked or harassed by the producer – as soon as a lauded Hollywood determine behind such hits as The King’s Speech, Pulp Fiction and Good Will Looking.