In the rape trial of American film producer, Harvey Weinstein, a key accuser broke down during a cross-examination. The 34-year-old woman got emotional on the witness stand when questioned about her relationship with Harvey. Seeing the emotional drama, the judge asked the jury to go home an hour earlier. This lead to the defence gathering evidence against the witness. The woman apparently is an opportunistic manipulator who used Harvey’s position to pursue an acting career, even after the producer allegedly raped her.
As she reads a lengthy confessional email which she emails previously to her ex-boyfriend in May 2014 the woman got emotional. In the email, she had revealed about her relationship with Weinstein. After the cross-examination, the woman leaves the courtroom crying. After coming back from 10 minutes break, the woman continues to weep. Despite the lead prosecutor tries to console but fails.
Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer Donna Rotunno accuse the woman of having sexual encounters with Weinstein willingly with “a long negotiation”.
Rotunno also accuses the woman of getting use to a luxurious lifestyle with Harvey.
Justifying herself, the woman referred to Harvey as her father and stated that he gave all validation to her. As the defence and the witness argue Harvey sleeps at times during the emotional testimony. He closed his eyes and put his head on the defence table and dozed off which led to the judge lashing out at him.
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