Weinstein Case Closing Arguments Today: "Women Have Choices" . Wow.

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FEBRUARY 13, 2020 7:51AM PT

Harvey Weinstein Defense Makes Closing Argument: ‘Women Have Choices’

Harvey Weinstein’s attorney, Donna Rotunno, implored a New York jury on Thursday to exonerate the former movie mogul, arguing that his accusers have shirked responsibility for their own actions.


Rotunno used her closing argument to urge jurors to set aside any prejudice they may have against Weinstein, and to rely instead on their “New York City common sense.” She argued that the women who allege that Weinstein se*ually assaulted them were embarrassed about having used the movie producer to advance their own careers.


“In their universe, women are not responsible for the parties they attend, the men they flirt with, the hotel room invitations, the plane tickets they expect, the jobs they hope to obtain,” Rotunno said. “In this universe, they aren’t even responsible for sitting at their computers and emailing someone across the country… In this script, the powerful man is the villain and he is so unattractive and large that no woman would want to sleep with him.”


Weinstein is facing five counts of rape, criminal sex acts, and predatory se*ual assault, and could face life in prison if convicted. The prosecution called six women to testify about their alleged assaults, but the case rests largely on the allegations of two of them: aspiring actress-turned-hairdresser Jessica Mann, and former “Project Runway” production assistant Miriam Haley.


Mann alleges that she was trapped in a predatory relationship with Weinstein, and accuses him of r*ping her at a DoubleTree Hotel in Manhattan in March 2013. Haley has accused Weinstein of forcibly performing oral s*x on her at his apartment in Soho in 2006.



https://variety.com/2020/film/news/harvey-weinstein-rape-trial-closing-arguments-1203503092/

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paprikash

I think that’s a good closing argument. It probably won’t work but it is a point of view to consider

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margaritadina

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"Women Have Choices"

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They do, I agree with this part. But sometimes this choice means sleeping with the fat ugly guy or walking away from the job. That's in Hollywood which has it's own laws - no sex, no job. That rule is true for children male actors, too.

May be women think ''if I drink enough and close my eyes....''.

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paprikash

I’d have to be comatose......

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rob333 (zone 7a)

Wow isn't a strong enough word. Appalling? Horrifying? I can't come up with one that encompasses this.

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