Harvey Weinstein has been branded a ‘predator’ and a ‘degenerate’ by prosecutors as closing arguments begin in Los Angeles trial


Prosecutors called Harvey Weinstein a “predator” and a “degenerate rapist” during closing arguments in the sexual assault trial in Los Angeles.

Assistant District Attorney Marlene Martinez used her closing argument to point out similarities between the testimony of Weinstein’s accusers.

“It’s eight women who don’t know each other,” Martinez said, showing the jury a composite image of them all on a screen. “They all describe the same conduct by the same man.”

In her closing remarks, Martinez described what she said were Weinstein’s consistent tactic over the decades. He was arranging to meet a woman in a hotel. Then he would find a way to get her into his suite. He then went from “charming and complementary to aggressive and demanding”, she claimed, masturbating in front of them, groping or raping them, often finding ways to stop them from leaving.

Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.
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“For this predator, hotels were his trap,” Martinez said. “Locked in these walls, the victims could not flee its imposing mass. People could not hear their cries, they could not see them cowering.”

She noted that many women before their assaults were reassured by the presence of other women who worked with Weinstein. These women were suddenly and unexpectedly leaving victims alone and isolated with him, Martinez said.

“He used women to make these women feel comfortable,” the assistant prosecutor said, “to let their guard down.”

For the Los Angeles trial, Weinstein faces two counts of rape and five other charges of sexual assault. He pleaded not guilty and said he did not have non-consensual sex.

Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench dismissed two counts of forced rape and two counts of forced oral copulation against Weinstein, 70. The move seemed likely to happen after Jane Doe 5 was not mentioned in prosecutors’ opening statements despite being identified in the indictment.

Harvey Weinstein interacts with his attorney Mark Werksman in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on October 4, 2022 in Los Angeles.

Harvey Weinstein interacts with his attorney Mark Werksman in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on October 4, 2022 in Los Angeles.
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The jury is expected to begin deliberations on the case on Thursday, following closing arguments from prosecutors and Weinstein’s attorneys.

Weinstein also faces charges in London. Authorities cleared two indecent assault charges against Weinstein in June.

In 2020, Weinstein was convicted of third-degree rape against Jessica Mann and one count of first-degree criminal sexual offense against Mimi Haley. He was acquitted of two counts of predatory sexual assault. The film’s producer is currently serving his 23-year sentence.

Weinstein tried to appeal the rape convictionbut lost in court.

The ruling, by a five-judge panel of the New York State Intermediate Court of Appeals, dismissed the former film producer’s claims that the judge in the historic #MeToo trial prejudiced him by allowing women to testify to allegations that were not part of the criminal case. .

Harvey Weinstein appealed his conviction in New York, but was denied.

Harvey Weinstein appealed his conviction in New York, but was denied.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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