Harvey Weinstein case: Accuser takes stand in L.A.



The New York trial of Harvey Weinstein and its California sequel had a uncommon crossover Monday as the one accuser of the previous film magnate to testify at each took the stand in Los Angeles and mentioned he sexually assaulted her in a Beverly Hills lodge rest room in 2013 whereas she repeatedly instructed him “no.”

Lauren Young mentioned she was paralyzed by worry when Harvey Weinstein blocked her from leaving the toilet, masturbated in entrance of her and groped her breasts.

“I used to be afraid of Harvey Weinstein — that he would harm me, or ship somebody to harm me, or wreck my profession, or make my life hell,” Young instructed the court docket.

When Young testified in New York in February of 2020, she was not one of many accusers whose tales would result in Weinstein’s conviction for rape and sexual assault and a 23-year jail sentence. But prosecutors known as on her to testify to assist set up a sample of Weinstein preying on ladies.

In Los Angeles, Weinstein is charged with sexual battery by restraint for a similar allegations.

She mentioned Monday that in early 2013, she was a model who was aspiring to be an actress and screenwriter, and thru Weinstein’s assistant, who had turn out to be a good friend, she arrange a gathering with him on the Montage Hotel on the night time of Feb. 19, 2013, a couple of script she was engaged on.

Young testified that Weinstein was distracted and uninterested in the course of the assembly, suggesting as a substitute that she could be a actuality tv host on a present like “America’s Next Top Model,” which his firm helped produce.

Weinstein quickly mentioned he needed to get able to go current an award to director Quentin Tarantino on the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival, and he or she ought to accompany him to his room to proceed the speak.

Young mentioned Weinstein led her into the room after which the toilet, and his assistant shut the door behind them and left them alone.

She mentioned she was shocked as he shortly took his garments off and received briefly in the bathe, then stepped out and blocked her from leaving when she went for the door.

“I used to be disgusted,” she mentioned. “I had by no means seen a giant man like that bare. I really laughed nervously.”

She mentioned she backed up in opposition to a sink and turned away from him. He then unzipped her gown and groped her with one hand as he masturbated with the opposite.

“I used to be actually grossed out by his physique and the look he was giving me,” Young mentioned. “I used to be questioning how do I get out of right here secure, what am I going to do?”

She mentioned she instructed him “no” repeatedly. When he completed, she left the lodge and by no means noticed him once more.

Like all the ladies Weinstein is charged with sexually assaulting because the trial, Young goes by Jane Doe in court docket. The Associated Press sometimes doesn’t publish the names of individuals alleging sexual assault except they offer their consent, as Young has completed via her lawyer.

Young’s testimony carefully hewed to her account in the course of the New York trial. But throughout cross-examination, Weinstein’s lawyer Alan Jackson identified that it differed in many respects from her early accounts to police beginning in 2018, when she known as a hotline arrange for reviews about Weinstein after the .MeToo motion exploded.

Young initially instructed detectives that the assault had taken place a yr earlier, days after she had been at a dinner with Weinstein at a Beverly Hills restaurant. Jackson identified that she was saying the identical as just lately as 2020.

“I used to be certain that I used to be sexually assaulted,” Young mentioned.

“That wasn’t my query,” the lawyer replied. “I’m asking concerning the time. Something that may stick in your thoughts.”

Jackson additionally introduced up her earlier confusion concerning the website of the assault in early interviews with authorities.

“As you instructed your story the primary 3 times, you had no concept what lodge this even occurred at,” Jackson mentioned. “You did not even point out the Montage.”

“I had pushed it out of my recollection,” Young mentioned.

She acknowledged she did not know the lodge was the Montage, now referred to as the Maybourne, till a police detective steered it could be and he or she went to take a look at it.

According to allegations in an indictment and court docket testimony, the assault of Young got here the day after Weinstein raped an Italian model at a unique lodge in the course of the run-up to that yr’s Academy Awards, the place Weinstein was yearly a significant participant.

Weinstein, 70, has pleaded not responsible to 11 counts of rape and sexual assault involving 5 ladies, and he has repeatedly denied that he engaged in any intercourse that wasn’t consensual.

Resources for sexual assault survivors in Canada 

If you or somebody is combating sexual assault or trauma, the next sources can be found to assist folks in disaster:

If you might be in fast hazard or worry on your security, it is best to name 911.

A full listing of sexual assault centres in Canada that provide data, advocacy and counselling could be discovered at ReeseCommunity.com. Resources in your group could be discovered by coming into your postal code. 

Helplines, authorized providers and places that provide sexual assault kits in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia could be discovered right here.

National Residential School Crisis Line: +1 866 925 4419

24-hour disaster line: 416 597 8808 

Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline: +1 833 900 1010 

Trans Lifeline: +1 877 330 6366

Sexual misconduct assist for present or former members of the Armed Forces: +1 844 750 1648

Read about your rights as a sufferer right here.


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