Six Women Expected to Testify Against Harvey Weinstein

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Harvey Weinstein enters New York City Criminal Court for his sex crimes trial on Jan. 16, 2020, in New York City. (Credit: Scott Heins/Getty Images)

Harvey Weinstein enters New York City Criminal Court for his sex crimes trial on Jan. 16, 2020, in New York City. (Credit: Scott
Heins/Getty Images)

Several actresses, a production assistant and a scriptwriter are expected to face Harvey Weinstein in court.

At least 100 women have publicly accused the disgraced media mogul of sexual abuse but the vast majority will have no part in the trial. Jurors at a New York state court will only hear six of them.

Harvey Weinstein is ‘not a harmless old man,’ prosecutors said in opening statements Wednesday.

Prosecutors plan to call the two women Weinstein is charged with attacking as well as four other accusers who will testify about other uncharged acts as they try to show Weinstein had a pattern of behavior.

Weinstein’s attorneys have denied there was any nonconsensual sexual activity. During opening statements, they questioned the credibility of the women’s allegations and shared text and email exchanges between Weinstein and some of his accusers.

Here’s what we know about the women planning to take the stand during the trial.

Mimi Haleyi

Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant at The Weinstein Company, said the film producer forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006 at his Manhattan apartment, court documents show.

Haleyi was introduced to Weinstein in 2004 at the European premiere of “The Aviator” and later worked on a TV show he produced in New York City, she told reporters at an October 2017 news conference with her lawyer, famed women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred.

After rebuffing unwanted advances in previous encounters with Weinstein, Haleyi said she agreed to meet with him at his SoHo apartment in Manhattan.

“It was not long, though, before he was all over me making sexual advances. I told him, ‘No, no, no,’ but he insisted,” she said. “He was extremely persistent and physically overpowering. He then orally forced himself on me.”

Two of the five charges against Weinstein relate to this episode: predatory sexual assault and criminal sexual act in the first degree, records show.

When Weinstein’s defense attempted to get the case dismissed in 2018, they submitted documents highlighting a text from Haleyi that Weinstein received in 2007, months after she said he forced oral sex on her. The text “makes clear” that Haleyi wanted to continue seeing him after the alleged assault, according to court documents.

“Hi! Just wondering if u have any news on whether harvey will have time to see me before he leaves? x Miriam,” the text states.

Haleyi’s attorney has described Weinstein’s lawyer’s interpretation of the 21-word note as “speculation.”

Jessica Mann

Jessica Mann was identified for the first time Wednesday as one of the two Weinstein accusers at the center of the New York trial.

Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast said during her opening statement that Weinstein raped the then-aspiring actress in a New York hotel room in 2013.

Mann, who grew up in a dairy town in Washington State, met Weinstein at a party in Los Angeles when she was 25. He offered her advice for getting ahead in her acting career and claimed he had a leading role for her in a movie, but those were false promises, Hast said.

After the first alleged sexual assault, Mann maintained “the sum semblance of a relationship” with Weinstein and was allegedly assaulted two other times over the years, the prosecutor said.

Damon Cheronis, Weinstein’s attorney, described Mann’s relatioship with his client as consensual and “loving,” and he highlighted one text that Mann sent to Harvey in February 2017.

“I love you, I always do. but I hate feeling like a booty call. :)” she wrote, according to Cheronis.

Annabella Sciorra

“The Sopranos” actress has accused Weinstein of raping her inside her Gramercy Park apartment in 1993. Annabella Sciorra first publicly accused the media mogul in the explosive, October 2017 New Yorker story that unleashed the raft of accusations against him.

She did not tell police about the alleged attack, and Weinstein continued to sexually harass her for years afterward, she told The New Yorker.

Sciorra is best known for her Emmy-winning role in “The Sopranos” as Gloria Trillo, Tony Soprano’s mistress. But she first reached wider fame with her early 1990s starring turns in the Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” and the psychological thriller “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.”

Those early performances put her on Weinstein’s radar.

While none of the charges that Weinstein is facing during the trial are linked to Sciorra, she is expected to testify as prosecutors seek to prove Weinstein’s pattern of behavior toward multiple women.

Cheronis, the attorney representing Weinstein in court, told jurors that a friend of the actress will testify that she described having consensual sex with Weinstein. He also showed a PowerPoint slide that highlighted a statement the defense says Sciorra made to police: “I didn’t report it because I didn’t think it was rape.”

Dawn Dunning

Costume designer Dawn Dunning, who spoke to The New York Times in October 2017, has said Weinstein sexually harassed her and tried to pressure her into having three-way sex with him.

Dunning met Weinstein in 2004 as a 24-year-old aspiring actress, and he later invited her to meet at a hotel in Manhattan, according to Hast. Dunning believed they’d be discussing acting contracts, but when she opened the door, Weinstein was standing in a bathrobe with nothing on underneath, Hast said.

He pointed to several acting contracts sitting on a coffee table and said she could have the parts if she had three-way sex, according to Hast. Dunning declined and fled the room, and Weinstein got angry, Hast said.

“This is how the industry works,” Weinstein told her, according to Hast. “How do you think other actresses got ahead?”

Weinstein’s attorney questioned the credibility of Dunning’s allegations in court, saying there have been inconsistencies in the stories she’s told authorities.

“When an individual says something and then their stories change, it’s important for a lot of reasons and I think you guys know what those reasons are,” Cheronis told jurors.

Dunning along with Tarale Wulff and Lauren Young will be in court as “prior bad acts” witnesses, known as Molineux witnesses in New York state. Their accusations are not part of the criminal charges but prosecutors intend to show a pattern of sexual abuse.

Tarale Wulff

Wulff, an aspiring actress from Long Island, met Weinstein in 2005 while working as a cocktail waitress at Cipriani Upstairs in Manhattan.

She served the owner’s table in the club, which Weinstein frequented as a friend of the owner. Wulff alleges Weinstein pulled her by the arm into the hall and up onto a private roof terrace as her manager closed the door despite her expressing distress to him. Weinstein then masturbated in front of her until she ran away and switched tables with another waitress for the rest of the night, Hast said.

Hoping for a big break, Wulff set up a meeting with Weinstein and later was taken by car to his apartment, Hast said.

She found herself in his bedroom, and soon she “had the full weight of the defendant on top of her,” Hast said.

Wulff never spoke to him after the alleged assault, Hast said, and never told anyone about it.

“She simply did what she learned to do as a child,” Hast said. “She tried to forget and move on, put on a brave face and pretend that nothing happened.”

Lauren Young

Young, then 22, met Weinstein in February 2012 at a dinner event during Oscar season. The next year, she was invited to meet with a friend and Weinstein, and Young planned to discuss a script she was writing based on her life, Hast said.

Weinstein asked the two to come upstairs to his room as he got ready, Hast said. Young ended up trapped inside a suite bathroom, and Weinstein blocked the main door to keep her from leaving, Hast said.

Weinstein then took off his clothes and began masturbating with one hand as he used the other to pull down Young’s dress, Hast said. He ejaculated on the floor, Hast said.

Young was “scared and disgusted,” and then fled the bathroom, according to Hast. She later told two friends about the incident.

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