NEW YORK — As Hollywood recovered from a long night at the Oscars, former film mogul Harvey Weinstein arrived in court on Monday for the start off of a different week of his sex-crimes demo centered on his protection team’s effort and hard work to solid question on accusers’ allegations.
Mexican actress and model Claudia Salinas, 38, took the stand for the defense and denied she ever went to a Beverly Hills hotel place with Weinstein and accuser Lauren Younger. Young testified very last 7 days for the prosecution, describing Salinas as an enabler to Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault of Younger in a Montage resort rest room in February 2013.
“That never ever took place,” Salinas explained under questioning from protection lawyer Damon Cheronis.
Young stated Weinstein led her into the rest room and Salinas shut the door, leaving her experience “trapped” by the previous motion picture mogul, who allegedly fondled her when masturbating. Young testified she believed Salinas assisted set up the come across:
“She place me in listed here,” she instructed the jury. Younger explained she said she shot Salinas “an evil seem” after leaving the lavatory, and left the lodge suite without having indicating something.
When Salinas was demonstrated pics of the lodge suite, she said she by no means went there.
“Do you at any time recall subsequent Lauren Young down that hallway with Mr. Weinstein in front of her?” she was asked. No, Salinas said, denying she closed a rest room door on Young and Weinstein.
“For the reason that if I had completed that, I would don’t forget that,” Salinas testified. “I would never shut the doorway on any individual, at any time.”
She explained Weinstein utilised resort rooms just about as “a mobile workplace” so there have been constantly other men and women all over, but she reported she has in no way been by itself in a lodge space with Weinstein and Younger.
On cross-evaluation, Salinas, who was in a 2009 Weinstein-produced film “Crossing Over” with Harrison Ford, explained she was not worried of Weinstein but reported he could be a bully from time to time. She stated she turned annoyed with him due to the fact she wasn’t acquiring any occupation aid from him.
“Mr. Weinstein did have to have his way,” she mentioned. “He was a quite sturdy individuality man or woman. At instances he wasn’t wonderful to me, he hardly ever helped me with just about anything in my profession….He was a little bit of a bully, company-clever.”
Salinas’ testimony evoked laughter in the courtroom at 1 place, when she explained Weinstein’s remark to her to “deliver all your superior-searching close friends” to get-togethers he invited her to. Did she do so, she was asked.
“All my close friends are very good-hunting!” she replied. She explained he was “flirtatious” with her but she explained to him she was not interested. She said she in no way experienced a romantic marriage with him.
Salinas mentioned she achieved Younger at a get together in 2012, but she denied Younger ever informed her she was doing work on a script and denied she ever talked to Youthful about bringing scripts to a meeting with Weinstein. “I’m quite absolutely sure,” she stated.
Previously, Brazilian actress Talita Maia, a close friend of accuser Jessica Mann who testified very last 7 days that Weinstein raped her in a midtown Manhattan resort area in March 2013, took the stand. Mann is a person of two girls whose allegations type the basis of the intercourse-crimes costs towards Weistein.
Maia, 34, explained she achieved Weinstein at a Hollywood occasion in 2012 or 2013 and released him to Mann, who place her arm around him, pinched his cheek and remarked that he was “so cute,” Maia reported.
In February 2013, immediately after an Oscars social gathering, she drove Mann to the Montage resort in Beverly Hills. She denied under questioning from protection lawyer Donna Rotunno that she urged Mann to meet up with Weinstein at the lodge, as Mann previously testified. Maia stated she went with Mann to Weinstein’s suite but was reluctant.
“I was just uncomfortable. I didn’t want to go up to a area with them, I did not know what they had been heading to do,” she stated. “I realized Jessica was currently looking at him.”
Despite the fact that it was “actually awkward” to be remaining in the residing place although Weinstein and Mann disappeared into yet another room, she explained she had “no cause to feel there was heading to be any damage.”
She reported she observed no arguing or negotiation in between Weinstein and Mann, nor did Mann feel upset afterwards. Mann testified earlier that Weinstein assaulted her at the Montage when Maia was in the dwelling place looking at Tv.
Did Mann sustain a partnership with Weinstein just after that? “Certainly,” Maia responded.
In March 2013, she achieved Mann and Weinstein at the DoubleTree Lodge in Manhattan for breakfast. She went up to Mann’s place with her prior to she checked out. According to Mann, Weinstein raped her in his home at the lodge previously that morning.
“Did she say nearly anything poor experienced occurred with Harvey earlier that morning?” Rotunno requested. “I really do not remember,” Maia mentioned.
“Did she feel upset at all?” Rotunno requested. “No,” Maia stated.
Maia claimed she was Mann’s roommate for about six months in Los Angeles and stayed pals right up until 2016 or 2017, when they had a falling out.
“Did she at any time notify you that Harvey Weinstein damage her? That he raped her? Compelled her to do nearly anything versus her will?” Rotunno requested.
“No, she generally spoke remarkably of him. She seemed to actually like him as a particular person,” Maia said.
Below cross-examination by Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi, Maia denied she disliked Mann.
“Jessica did matters in my daily life that impacted my daily life in a destructive way, but I don’t despise her, ” she stated.
Maia said Mann various occasions explained Weinstein as “her religious soulmate.”
“Did she ever say she was romantically interested in Harvey Weinstein?” Illuzzi requested.
“It appeared like it. She was normally going to see him,” Maia explained.
But Mann was after “very upset” through a phone conversation when she advised Maia that Weinstein preferred her to “do anything” with a different woman, an Italian actress, Maia stated. She mentioned Mann achieved the girl that working day.
“You have to realize the context. Jessica was curious about girls,” Maia testified. “When she satisfied (the Italian actress), she claimed she was beautiful, and from what I understand, she panicked and just couldn’t go by means of. It hardly ever appeared like it experienced anything to do with Harvey.”
Weinstein lawyer Damon Cheronis mentioned Monday in courtroom the protection is setting up to rest its scenario Tuesday. Closing arguments could begin by the conclusion of the week.
Weinstein’s attorneys have stated they also program to connect with an additional buddy of accuser Mann, a Hollywood talent agent who also was on the March 2013 vacation to New York where she alleges Weinstein raped her at a midtown Manhattan resort.
Previous week on Thursday, the prosecution rested its situation from the 67-12 months-aged. He has pleaded not responsible and denies all allegations of nonconsensual sexual intercourse.