Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Harvey Weinstein trial halted as actress who claims he r.a.p.e.d her breaks down in tears

A woman who says Harvey Weinstein r.a.p.e.d her broke down sobbing in court during the former Hollywood producer's s.e.xual assault trial.

Jessica Mann, 34, could barely hold herself together as she read a May 2014 email that described Weinstein as a "pseudo father" figure after the alleged attack.

Crying uncontrollably as she read aloud while under cross-examination by one of Weinstein's lawyers, Donna Rotunno, the testimony was halted for the day, following prompting by Justice James Burke, after she was unable to compose herself after a short break.

Mann had testified Friday that Weinstein r.a.p.e.d her in a Manhattan hotel room in March 2013, early in what she described as an "extremely degrading" relationship with him.

She said the relationship continued in some form for years after that.

The 67-year-old former producer has pleaded not guilty to r.a.p.ing Mann and to s.e.xually assaulting another woman, Mimi Haleyi.

He faces life in prison if found guilty of predatory sexual assault, the most serious charge.

Mann wrote in the email to an actor she had been dating at the time that she was working through "father issues" when she was with Weinstein.

"Harvey was my father's age and he gave me all the validation I needed," she wrote.

The trial continues.