These are the women who plan to testify against Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein can tell jury that women 'bragged' about sex with him

Prosecutors on Wednesday revealed that the third woman accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault in his NY trial is Jessica Mann, a former actress and hairdresser.

Weinstein, wearing a dark suit, shook his head as New York Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast painted a picture of a 140kg bully who violently raped, humiliated and manipulated several women, leaving them traumatised for years.

"It is for his complete lack of empathy that he must be held accountable", Hast said.

Defence lawyer Damon Cheronis said some of the women "also bragged about being in a sexual relationship with him".

For years, actress Annabella Sciorra felt powerless against Harvey Weinstein, keeping to all but a few friends the allegation that the once-revered Hollywood honcho pinned her to a bed and raped her in the early 1990s.

Weinstein's lawyers were to give their opening statement later on Wednesday.

Asked by a reporter if he could get a fair trial, Weinstein replied, "Of course".

Guided by aides and lawyers, he wasn't using the walker he has leaned on lately after a summer auto crash and subsequent back surgery.

He said he was feeling better. In today's trial, Weinstein's attorneys flatly denied that there was any nonconsensual sexual activity.

He could get up to 28 years in prison if convicted on all of those charges.

The once-powerful and feared executive brought to the screen such Oscar-winning movies as "Pulp Fiction", "The King's Speech", "Shakespeare in Love" and "Chicago" and hobnobbed with the elite in Hollywood and beyond, a point prosecutors made by showing jurors a photo of Weinstein with former President Bill Clinton.

Prosecutors may also call three other women to testify about encounters with Weinstein, even though he is not formally charged with crimes against them.

Weinstein's trial could take more than a month, Judge James Burke said.

Lance Maerov testifies during film producer Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial at New York Criminal Court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York in this courtroom sketch.

Meanwhile, Weinstein's attorneys foreshadowed their strategy to defend him against charges that he raped a woman in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performed a sex act on another woman at his apartment in 2006.

Harvey Weinstein's legal team say they have "dozens and dozens and dozens and dozens" of "loving" emails sent to their client from complaining witnesses who accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment.

"Jessica buried her trauma and she tried to move on... until October 2017 when she finally realized it was not her, it was him", Hast said in court. If she is removed and replaced as a juror, that'll leave just two remaining alternates for the trial.

"I have good lawyers", he said.

Four other women are expected to testify as prosecutors seek to show a pattern of behavior, and Hast described the allegations of one of those women, actress Annabella Sciorra, in what Vulture describes as "painful detail".

"They will each describe their fear, their shame and their humiliation - the struggle each went through to push their trauma down and show a courageous face to the world", she said.

In September, she told CBS: "Any time we talk about men and women in sexual circumstances, I think we have to look at the fact that there's always an area of grey".

Weinstein muttered inaudibly as Maerov - an executive with communications giant WPP - said the movie mogul's charming public persona was "diametrically opposed" to who he was in private. "Emotionally and physically destroyed, passing out on the floor".

Weinstein's lawyers made clear they intend to go on the offensive.

"While I could not make out every word of what was being chanted, I clearly heard the word "rapist", said a court filing by Weinstein lawyer Diana Fabi Samson, describing the protests that she heard from inside the court during jury selection.

"It confirms fear that all victims have: that they will not be believed and that they were responsible in some way for the assault", Lisa A. Fontes, PhD., an worldwide expert on sexual assault and intimate partner violence, told ABC News in a telephone interview. And five days later, she wrote, "It would be great to see you later and catch up". "I'm not here to say he was not guilty of committing sins", she said.



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