An attorney for Harvey Weinstein at the Los Angeles rape and sexual assault trial told jurors that the prosecution was all about asking them to trust the women with evidence for the crime. find them unreliable.
‘Trust me,'” Alan Jackson told jurors during his final argument. “Five words summarizing the prosecution’s entire case.”
Everything else prosecutors came up with, he added, through a month of evidence from 44 witnesses, “was smoke and mirrors.”
Weinstein was charged with raping and sexually assaulting two women and committing sex crimes with two others.
These are the women with whom Harvey has sex and transactional sexAlan Jackson
Mr. Jackson urged jurors to ignore the drama and emotion of the four women’s testimony, and focus on factual evidence.
He said jurors were asked to “believe us because we’re crazy, believe us because we cried”, adding: “Well, the rage doesn’t make up the truth. And tears don’t make the truth.”
Mr Jackson said the story of two women accused of sexual assault by Weinstein on consecutive days in 2013 “simply never happened”.
Defense attorneys said Weinstein’s alleged rape and assault of two other women in 2005 and 2010 were “100% consensual” meetings the women attended for purposes of career advancement that they later “would like to be re-labeled” as non-consensual, defense attorneys said. .
“These are the women with whom Harvey had a transactional and a transactional sex relationship,” he said.
Mr. Jackson argued that women were willing to exchange sex for favors or status when it happened in 2005 and 2010, but after the MeToo explosion surrounding Weinstein with stories in the New York Times and New Yorker in 2017, they regretted it.
It is time for the accused’s reign of terror to come to an end. It’s time for the king to be brought to justiceMarlene Martinez
“They played the game. Now they hate it, plainly,” he said. “But afterthat? What about before the 2017 litigation begins with Mr. Weinstein?
He focused on a judge’s instruction, which he said was necessary, that if jurors found that any significant thing a witness said was untrue, they should be treated as disbelieving. everything the witness said.
The defense will conclude the final argument afterwards, and after the prosecutor’s dismissal, the jurors will begin deliberations.
Weinstein served 23 years for a New York sentence.
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Prosecutors completed their final argument earlier on Thursday after delivering the bulk of the argument on Wednesday, and urged jurors to finish convicting Weinstein by convicting him. in California.
“It’s time for the defendant’s reign of terror to end,” said deputy district attorney Marlene Martinez. “The time has come for the king to be brought to justice.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/tears-do-not-make-truth-says-weinstein-lawyer-in-closing-argument-42189692.html ‘Tears do not make truth,’ lawyer Weinstein said in the final argument