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Opening with graphic quotes from Weinstein’s accusers, called Jane Does 1-4, Assistant District Attorney Paul Thompson described Weinstein as a domineering media mogul at the top of his game, who used his notoriety in the industry cinematographic to force budding actors to become private. encounters that quickly turn violent.
“I’m shaking and kind of dragged into the bedroom,” Thompson said, citing an accuser.
“Part of me thought I should just run for it, but he’s a great guy,” he quoted another saying.
“I was trying to convince him that nothing would happen…I was like please, I have kids,” Thompson told the jury.
Eight women will testify against Weinstein – the four Jane Does, and four other women who will testify to “prior bad acts” committed by Weinstein outside of Los Angeles. His accusers include the California governor’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who was a ‘helpless actor trying to make her way in Hollywood’ when Weinstein allegedly assaulted her in a hotel room at a film festival in 2005.
“Weinstein said ‘it was completely normal, he had done it with so many people,'” Thompson said, citing Jane Doe 3, a licensed massage therapist who was allegedly assaulted and forced to watch Weinstein repeatedly masturbate. occasions.
Prosecutors also mentioned that each of the women can describe “abnormalities” on Weinstein’s genitals, “the result of surgery the defendant underwent in 1999” that left visible scarring.
Weinstein showed no reaction to prosecutors’ opening statements. The 70-year-old, who is believed to be in poor health, was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair and struggled slightly to sit at the defense table.
Weinstein pleaded not guilty to 11 counts and recently appealed a 23-year prison sentence in New York court for rape and assault. If convicted in Los Angeles, Weinstein could face a maximum sentence of 140 years.