Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 1-EXPLAINER -What to expect at Harvey Weinstein's rape trial

UPDATE 1-EXPLAINER -What to expect at Harvey Weinstein's rape trial
File photo Image Credit: Flickr

Opening statements begin on Wednesday in the rape trial in New York of Harvey Weinstein, once one of Hollywood's most powerful producers. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and criminal sexual assault. Here is what to expect from the trial:

WHO ARE THE ACCUSERS? More than 80 women have publicly accused Weinstein, 67, of sexual misconduct, helping to fuel the #MeToo movement over the last two years. The criminal charges against him refer to just three accusers.

Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant on a Weinstein Company television show, has said that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in his Manhattan home in July 2006. Actress Annabella Sciorra, best known for her role on HBO's "The Sopranos," has said Weinstein raped her in her Manhattan apartment in 1993.

Prosecutors have accused Weinstein of raping another woman in March 2013 in Manhattan. She has not been publicly identified. Weinstein has said that any sexual encounters he had were consensual.

WHAT ARE THE CHARGES? Weinstein is charged with a criminal sexual act in the first degree against Haleyi, and with rape for the 2013 allegation. He is charged with predatory sexual assault over both allegations.

Sciorra's allegation is too old to be the basis of a separate charge but is a crucial part of the predatory sexual assault charges, which require prosecutors to establish a pattern of serious sex crimes against multiple women. Predatory sexual assault is the most serious charge against Weinstein, carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison.

WHO WILL TESTIFY AGAINST WEINSTEIN? Haleyi, Sciorra and the 2013 accuser are almost certain to testify in a trial that could last until early March.

Prosecutors may also call three other women to testify about encounters with Weinstein, even though he is not formally charged with crimes against them. Their testimony is intended to bolster the charges by showing that Weinstein had a consistent pattern of behavior. Prosecutors have also said that they expect to call Barbara Ziv, a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, to testify as an expert on the trauma resulting from sexual assault.

WHAT IS WEINSTEIN'S DEFENSE? While criminal defendants and their lawyers typically avoid revealing their strategy before trial, Weinstein has dropped some hints.

Weinstein's lead lawyer, Donna Rotunno, has told Reuters that Weinstein had a "slew of witnesses ready to go". She has said the defense would be introducing emails and text messages to prove that Weinstein's accusers maintained relationships with him after his alleged assaults. Damon Cheronis, another one of Weinstein's lawyers, said in court Tuesday that accusers "bragged" in emails about their sexual relationships with the producer. He described some of the emails they sent him as "loving".

His lawyers have also said they plan to call psychologist Deborah Davis of the University of Nevada, Reno, to testify as an expert on memory, suggesting that Weinstein may try to call his accusers' recollections into question. WHAT OTHER LEGAL RISKS DOES WEINSTEIN FACE?

Even if he is acquitted in Manhattan, Weinstein faces separate criminal charges announced on Jan. 6 by prosecutors in Los Angeles. Lawyer Rotunno declined to make an immediate comment on those charges. Weinstein was charged with sexually assaulting two unidentified women in 2013, said Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. He was charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting the other.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.



Top 10 Fake News, Myths and Realities on 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID 19

With nearly 1500 deaths by January 14 and around 65,000 infections in China, the Novel Coronavirus 2019 has become one of the worst health epidemics of the 21st Century. However, 8,573 people have been cured but the rumor mongers are a...

Handling fake news Infodemic in time of Coronavirus epidemic

Social media has provided a platform where everybody can disseminate his her views without any supervision. Its excellent if the message is genuine but misinformation is equally disastrous. Health is such a topic where every Tom and Harry c...

Sentiment Analysis on Budget 2020: Long shot for solution to economic worries?

Industries and individuals alike had high expectations from the government to take tangible steps but the budget 2020 seems to have failed expectations....

How can technology help the future of mobility?

More than a billion people or one-third of the global rural population lacked access to all-season roads and transport services in 2016, subsequently hindering the socio-economic development....


Latest News

Massive fire in GST Bhavan; scores evacuated, no casualty

Scores of employees were evacuated from the GST Bhavan in south Mumbai after a massive fire broke out in the multi-story building on Monday, but no casualty was reported, civic officials said. Nearly 3,500 staffers were working in the build...

Russians in cold sweat with mobile saunas for rent

Forget ride-hailing apps and home-delivery dinner services. A Russian company has found a new niche saunas-on-wheels that you can rent and summon right to your doorstep. Mobitruck, which makes food trucks, has built a prototype mobile sauna...

Four Indians infected with coronavirus on board cruise ship responding well to treatment: Indian embassy

The Indian embassy here on Monday said the four Indians infected with the novel coronavirus on board the quarantined cruise ship moored off the Japanese coast were responding well to treatment even as 99 new cases of COVID-19 were reported,...

GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

Detroit, Feb 17 AP General Motors decision to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand as part of a strategy to exit markets that dont produce adequate returns on investments raised dismay Monday from officials concerned over job los...

Give Feedback