In the trial against Harvey Weinstein, one of the main witnesses of the indictment raised serious allegations against the former film producer. On Monday, production assistant Mimi Haleyi described in tears how Weinstein raped her in his New York apartment in 2006.
So he pushed her into the bedroom and pushed her onto the bed. "I rejected him, but he insisted. Whenever I tried to get up from bed, he pushed me back and pushed me down," Haleyi said when she testified before the New York Supreme Court.
The film producer is said to have forced her oral sex on and left no chance to escape. A few weeks later, forced sexual intercourse took place a second time. Haleyi said she was "stunned" with the act.
When cross-examined by one of Weinstein's defenders, she was confronted with the fact that she was still in contact with the perpetrator and had written friendly emails even after the alleged rape. Last week, a psychiatrist testified in the trial that such behavior by rape victims was perfectly normal.
The proceedings are primarily about allegations by Haleyi and actress Jessica Mann, who Weinstein is said to have raped in 2013. The 67-year-old defendant denies all allegations. According to him, sexual intercourse was consensual. His defense tries to question the credibility of the witnesses. In the end, the twelve jurors decide on guilt or innocence.
Weinstein faces life imprisonment if convicted. More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault since 2017, triggering the worldwide #MeToo movement.