NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prosecutors in New York on Friday will urge jurors to find former film producer Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual assault, a day after lawyers of Weinstein threw prosecutors as too enthusiastic.
Film producer Harvey Weinstein leaves the New York Criminal Court to hear his sexual assault case in Manhattan district of New York City, New York, USA, February 13, 2020. REUTERS / Jeenah Moon
Assistant attorney Joan Illuzzi is expected to make a final argument to the Manhattan District Attorney's office, setting the stage for a jury to begin discussions next week.
Weinstein, 67, pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raped Jessica Mann, an aspiring actress for a while, in 2013.
The trial is an important milestone for the #MeToo movement, in which women have charged strong men in business, entertainment, media and politics with sexual misconduct.
Since 2017, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
The previous producer, who was behind the films, including The The Patient English, and Shakespeare in Love, refused to have any unfounded sex.
On Thursday, Donna Rotunno, one of Weinstein's lawyers, accused the whistleblowers of Weinstein, being unreliable, and said that an overly clumsy prosecutor tried to describe consensual sex as assault.
They are creating a universe in which they are depriving adult women of common sense, autonomy and responsibility, she said …
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