A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein has suggested that changes in a masseuse’s account of alleged sexual assault by the former movie mogul meant she fabricated the details, while She asserts that overcoming trauma has drawn more accurate memories.
Einstein’s attorney, Mark Werksman, pointed to chronological discrepancies in the stories she told police and prosecutors in 2019 and 2020, in her evidence before a grand jury last year. , and in her testimony in Wednesday’s witness box, when she said Weinstein trapped her in the bathroom, masturbated in front of her and groped her breasts after hiring her for a massage in the living room his Beverly Hills hotel in 2010.
“Do you think your memory is better now than it was three years ago?” Mr. Werksman asked.
“Yes,” she replied.
At another point, she said: “My memory was foggy then, but I remember everything now.”
The woman said discussions about the alleged assault with friends, authorities, therapists and others brought clarity and left her confronted with difficult details. She was buried in her memory.
Mr Werksman asked if the conversations represented an effort to “build consensus”.
The woman insisted they did not.
“The more I talked about it, the more I remembered the trauma that had happened to me,” she said.
“I’ve been blocking it for too long.”
The woman brought to court by Jane Doe. The Associated Press usually does not name people who say they have been sexually abused.
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Weinstein was charged with restrained sex for the incident, one of 11 counts of sexual assault involving five women he was charged with at his trial in Los Angeles.
He has pleaded not guilty and denies engaging in any non-consensual sex.
Weinstein is serving a 23-year prison sentence for a crime in New York.
Mr. Werksman paid particular attention to whether Weinstein touched the woman above or below her clothes, which suggests her story has suspiciously changed over time to include continued skin contact as required by California law for sexual purposes.
“Didn’t you change your story from ‘it didn’t happen at all’, to ‘I’m 95% sure’ to ‘I’m 100% sure’ so they could criminally prosecute Mr. Weinstein?” Mr. Werksman asked.
“No,” she said.
“Your story is the same as the US economy, 8% inflation, right?” Mr. Werksman said, though the judge dismissed the question after objecting.
The complainant gave evidence on Wednesday that she felt shame and humiliation for allowing herself to be alone with Weinstein several more times, including two other massages she said he had given. perform the same unwanted sexual act.
The defense raised the issue during cross-examination.
“He called for another massage, and you said ‘buzz off creep’ and hung up, right?” Mr. Werksman asked.
“No,” said the woman.
“No,” replied Mr. Werksman, “you schedule another massage.”
During the first massage, Weinstein and the woman discussed her writing a book on her techniques for the publishing arm of his film company Miramax.
Mr. Werksman suggested that the woman made a sexual arrangement for Weinstein for a chance to be published.
“You’re pursuing a book deal because that’s the end of a bargain when you’re having an affair with Mr. Weinstein, aren’t you?” he asks.
“Not exactly,” she said.
The woman said the book was Weinstein’s idea, and while she was intrigued and engaged for months by email with his staff, the decision to scrap it was mutual.
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