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These are the women who testified against Harvey Weinstein

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These are the women who testified against Harvey Weinstein

Two women testified about the charges that make up the charges against Weinstein. In addition, four other prosecutors testified about alleged incidents with Weinstein, while prosecutors tried to show that he had a pattern of behavior.

Weinstein's lawyers denied that there was non-consensual sexual activity. During the opening statements, they questioned the credibility of the women's claims and shared text and email exchanges between Weinstein and some of his accusers.

Here's what we know about the women who took a stand during the trial.

Miriam Haley

Miriam Haley is one of two women whose allegations led Harvey Weinstein to face charges in New York.

Miriam Haley, a former production assistant at The Weinstein Company, said the film producer had oral sex with her in 2006 in her Manhattan apartment, according to court documents.

Haley was introduced to Weinstein in 2004 at the European premiere of "The Aviator" and then worked on a TV show he produced in New York City, she told reporters at a press conference in October 2017 with her lawyer, the famous lawyer of women's rights Gloria Allred.

After refusing unwanted advances in previous meetings with Weinstein, Haley said that she had agreed to meet with him at his Manhattan SoHo apartment.

"It didn't take long, though, before he was on me making sexual advances. I said to him, 'No, no, no,' but he insisted," she said. "He was extremely persistent and physically overwhelming. He then forced himself orally on me."

Two of the five charges against Weinstein are related to this episode: predatory sexual assault and first-degree criminal sexual act, records show.

When Weinstein's defense tried to dismiss the case in 2018, they sent documents highlighting a text from Haley that Weinstein received in 2007, months after she said he forced oral sex on her. The text "makes it clear" that Haley wanted to continue seeing him after the alleged attack, according to court documents.

"Hi! I'm wondering if you have any news about whether Harvey will have time to see me before he leaves? X Miriam," says the text.

Haley's attorney described Weinstein's attorney's interpretation of the 21-word note as "speculation."

Haley burst into tears several times as she testified about the alleged attack.

Jessica Mann

Former actress Jessica Mann arrived at the Weinstein trial on January 31, 2020 in New York City.Jessica Mann was first identified in opening statements as one of Weinstein's two accusers at the center of the New York trial.

Assistant prosecutor Meghan Hast said during her opening statement that Weinstein raped the then would-be actress in a hotel room in New York in 2013.

Mann, who grew up in a dairy town in Washington State, met Weinstein at a party in Los Angeles at the age of 25. He offered his advice to move forward in his acting career and claimed that he had a leading role in a film, but those were false promises, said Hast.

After the first alleged sexual assault, Mann maintained "the total likeness of a relationship" with Weinstein and would have been assaulted twice more over the years, the prosecutor said.

Damon Cheronis, Weinstein's lawyer, described Mann's relationship with his client as consensual and "loving", and highlighted a text Mann sent to Harvey in February 2017.

"I love you, I always do. But I hate to feel like a booty. :]", she wrote, according to Cheronis.

Mann testified for several days at the trial, describing how he seemed interested in his acting career and how their interactions ranged from discussions about the film industry to two alleged rapes. She suffered a panic attack while cross examined by Weinstein's lawyer. Upon returning to the booth, she testified that claims should not be rejected because she had an intermittent relationship with the Hollywood mogul.

Annabella Sciorra

Prosecutors hope that Annabella Sciorra's testimony will help them prove a pattern in Weistein's behavior.The "Sopranos" actress accused Weinstein of raping her in her Gramercy Park apartment in 1993. Annabella Sciorra first publicly accused the media mogul in the explosive, October 2017 New Yorker story that sparked a series of charges against him.

She did not tell the police about the alleged attack, and Weinstein continued to sexually harass her for years later, she told The New Yorker.

Sciorra is best known for her Emmy-nominated role in "The Sopranos" as Gloria Trillo, Tony Soprano's lover. But she achieved fame for the first time in her 90s, starring in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" and in the psychological thriller "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle".

Those first introductions put her on Weinstein's radar.

Weinstein is not directly accused of raping or assaulting Sciorra. Still, he faces two counts of predatory sexual assault, and he could be convicted of those charges if prosecutors prove that he committed sexual crimes against several victims. Sciorra's testimony is relevant to these two charges.

Cheronis, the lawyer representing Weinstein in court, told jurors that a friend of the actress will testify that she described having consensual sex with Weinstein. He also showed a PowerPoint slide that highlighted a statement that the defense says Sciorra made to the police: "I didn't report it because I didn't think it was rape."

Sciorra testified in vivid detail about the incident, but the defense highlighted his lack of memory on specific dates and details. Actress Rosie Perez testified that Sciorra told her about the alleged attack after it happened.

Dawn Dunning

Dawn Dunning was an aspiring actress, but has since become a costume designer.

Costume designer Dawn Dunning, who spoke with The New York Times in October 2017, said that Weinstein sexually harassed her and tried to pressure her to have sex with him.

Dunning met Weinstein in 2004 as an aspiring 24-year-old actress, and later invited her to meet at a hotel in Manhattan, according to Hast. Dunning believed they would be discussing acting contracts, but when she opened the door, Weinstein was in a bathrobe with nothing underneath, said Hast.

He pointed to several acting contracts sitting at a coffee table and said that she could have the parties if she had sex with three, according to Hast. Dunning refused and fled the room, and Weinstein was angry, Hast said.

"This is how the industry works," said Weinstein, according to Hast. "How do you think other actresses got to the front?"

Weinstein's lawyer questioned the credibility of Dunning's claims in court, saying there were inconsistencies in the stories she told authorities.

"When an individual says something and the stories change, it's important for a number of reasons and I think you know what those reasons are," Cheronis told jurors.

Dunning testified that she ran out of the room and never spoke to Weinstein again, and she stopped pursuing an acting career.

Dunning, along with Tarale Wulff and Lauren Young, testified as witnesses to "previous bad deeds", known as Molineux's witnesses in the state of New York. Their charges are not part of the criminal charges, but prosecutors intend to show a pattern of sexual abuse.

Tarale Wulff

Tarale Wulff left the Manhattan Criminal Court during a testimony break during the Weinstein trial on January 29, 2020 in New York City.

Wulff, an aspiring Long Island actress, met Weinstein in 2005 while working as a waitress at Cipriani Upstairs in Manhattan.

She served the owner's table at the club, which Weinstein frequented as a friend of the owner. Wulff claims that Weinstein pulled her by the arm into the hall and went up to a private terrace when her manager closed the door, despite expressing her distress for him. Weinstein then masturbated in front of her until she ran away and switched tables with another waitress for the rest of the night, said Hast.

Waiting for a big chance, Wulff made an appointment with Weinstein and was then driven to his apartment, Hast said.

She found herself in his room and then "had the defendant's full weight on her," said Hast.

Wulff never spoke to him after the alleged attack, said Hast, and never told anyone about it.

"She just did what she learned to do as a child," said Hast. "She tried to forget and move on, put on a brave face and pretend that nothing happened."

At the trial, Wulff testified that she went to Weinstein's apartment in New York for what she believed to be a business meeting, but he grabbed her by the arms, forced her into a bed and lay on top of her. He then told her not to worry because he had a vasectomy, she testified.

Lauren Young

Lauren Marie Young left the Manhattan courtroom after witnessing the Weinstein trial on February 5, 2020.

Young, then 22, met Weinstein in February 2012 at a dinner party during the Oscar season. The following year, she was invited to meet with a friend and Weinstein, and Young planned to discuss a script he was writing based on his life, Hast said.

Weinstein asked the two of them to go upstairs when they got ready, said Hast. Young ended up trapped inside a bathroom and Weinstein blocked the main door to prevent it from leaving, Hast said.

Weinstein then undressed and started masturbating with one hand while using the other to pull Young's dress, Hast said. He ejaculated on the floor, said Hast.

Young was "scared and disgusted" and then ran away from the bathroom, according to Hast. Later, she told two friends about the incident. She testified about the incident on February 5th.

CNN's Nicole Chavez wrote in Atlanta. Lauren del Valle and Eric Levenson reported and wrote from New York.




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