The movie producer’s Manhattan trial is one of the most anticipated in recent memory, thanks partly to the fact that the explosive 2017 reports about Weinstein helped spark the worldwide reckoning of the #MeToo movement. While the case isn’t over yet, since Weinstein’s lawyers have started calling witnesses for the defense, here’s a rundown of the most important testimony so far:
The main accusers
While dozens of women have accused Weinstein, 67, of sexual assault, the charges against him stem from alleged encounters with just two: Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann (who remained unnamed until the trial started). Of the five sex crimes charges facing Weinstein, two are related to Haley and three to Mann.
Haley, a former production assistant who legally changed her name from Mimi Haleyi, testified about running into Weinstein in 2006 and asking him for work. In July of that year, she met him at his New York apartment. And it was there, she testified, that he backed her into a bedroom and forced oral sex on her.
She tried to protest by saying she was on her period, Haley said. Instead of stopping, Weinstein allegedly ripped her tampon from her body.
“I was telling him, ‘No, no, no, don’t do that,’” Haley said, according to the New York Times. “It was as if he didn’t believe me.”
Later, Mann testified that Weinstein had raped her in a hotel room in 2013, after he physically blocked her from leaving the room. Mann, a then-aspiring actress from a deeply religious background, also explained that the two maintained a relationship that she now describes as “degrading.”
Mann also caused a stir when she described his genitalia. “The first time I saw him fully naked, I thought he was deformed and intersex,” she said, according to Vulture. “He has an extreme scarring that I didn’t know, maybe [he] was a burn victim.”
The jury was given photos of Weinstein’s naked body in an effort by the prosecution to corroborate Mann’s account.
The supporting testimony
Four women testified that Weinstein had also attacked them, though their cases are not being tried as separate charges. Rather, prosecutors hoped that the women’s testimony would create a portrait of Weinstein as a serial sexual predator who attacked women over many decades.
Annabella Sciorra, of “Sopranos” fame, was the first accuser to testify in the case. Sciorra first came forward in 2017 to allege that Weinstein had raped her in the early 1990s in her New York apartment, shortly after he dropped her off from a dinner with friends.
On the stand, Sciorra said she started shaking during the attack, as if she were seizing. She felt as though she blacked out. When she confronted Weinstein about the alleged assault a few weeks later, Sciorra said he told her, “That’s what all the nice Catholic girls say.”
Prosecutors hope that Sciorra’s case, which was included in the indictment but deemed too old to be tried separately, will convince the jury to convict Weinstein for “predatory sexual assault,” meaning that he committed serious sexual assault against two or more people.
Later, Dawn Dunning testified about Weinstein’s alleged history of abuse. Dunning said she was 24 and an aspiring actress when she met Weinstein in New York in 2004. She’d believed he’d become a mentor to her, even though, on one occasion, he put his hand up her skirt and touched her genitals. Dunning leapt up and Weinstein apologized, Dunning said.
Dunning said Weinstein invited her to a New York hotel, where he propositioned her: Have a thressome with my assistant and I, and I’ll cast you in three roles, Weinstein allegedly told Dunning. She refused.