One in all two ladies that Harvey Weinstein is on trial for sexually assaulting took the look stand on Monday to list how the Hollywood producer violently sexually assaulted her and present why she returned to him inner a month and persevered a 2d undesirable sexual come upon.
Miriam „Mimi“ Haleyi is the 2d of six ladies anticipated to testify that the disgraced Hollywood mega-producer sexually assaulted them, following dramatic testimony remaining week from ‚Sopranos‘ actress Annabella Sciorra.
Weinstein is charged with performing a forcible intercourse act on Haleyi in 2006 and with raping an unnamed accuser in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013. The leisure are being known as in reinforce of prosecutors‘ efforts to show a pattern of sexual predation. Weinstein has pleaded no longer responsible to all charges and has denied ever taking part in nonconsensual intercourse.
Haleyi, who testified that she no longer too long ago started the utilization of the the leisure name „Haley“ to retain away from being without damage linked to this case, mentioned she first met Weinstein in 2004 and approached him two years on the Cannes Film Competition having a probe for work within the commercial, after her mentor, legendary London producer Michael White, had suffered a stroke and misplaced his commercial. He invited her to fulfill him at his company’s hotel suite. She mentioned that Weinstein offered her a temp job on „Project Runway,“ which The Weinstein Company then produced.
Nevertheless then „it turn out to be him asking me if I did massages, and if I could maybe give him a rub down,“ Haleyi testified. She offered to name all of the blueprint in which down to the front desk for a masseuse. He offered to provide her a rub down, and, she mentioned, „I fundamentally left, almost as we pronounce after, and I did no longer mediate anything would attain out of that meeting.“
Haleyi worked as a „Project Runway“ production assistant for several weeks, being paid in money as her visa did no longer allow her to work within the U.S.
After taking pictures wrapped, she reached out to Weinstein to thank him for the different and he invited her for a drink. They’d a „very supreme“ meeting in June 2006 on the lobby of the Mercer Resort, she testified, the place he „became very respectful, even charming.“ He offered to accept as true with her return to „Project Runway“ the subsequent season.
The subsequent day, he gave her a inch house after a gathering and invited her to flit on a inner most jet with him to Paris the next week to lend a hand a arrangement demonstrate with him and preserve at The Ritz. She declined however he would no longer expend no for an acknowledge, she mentioned.
She testified that she had no procedure of doing so, however to be ready to be „polite,“ she mentioned she’d let him know. Weinstein known as her time and again after which showed up at her residence for the 2d time that day, she mentioned.
He „barged“ into her residence, she mentioned, and again requested about Paris, despite her declining.
She mentioned she urged him, „‚You already know, you accept as true with gotten a shocking repute with ladies, I’ve heard.‘ He got offended by that. He stepped again and mentioned, ‚What discontinue you indicate? What accept as true with you ever heard?'“
„He backed off after that,“ she mentioned.
Haleyi maintained contact alongside with his hiss of industrial, making an try to navigate a „reliable-gash-social“ relationship.
„I wasn’t attracted to him sexually or romantically, however I needed him to like me,“ she testified.
Haleyi mentioned she authorized an invite from Weinstein to flit her out to California for the premiere of „Clerks 2“ in July 2006 as her buddy became looking at for a bit one in Los Angeles.
On July 10, 2006, the day ahead of she became scheduled to flit to L.A. she mentioned Weinstein invited her to his Soho, New York, loft residence and despatched a automobile for her within the tiring afternoon. Her personal calendar, which became admitted into evidence, reveals that day marked with a „P,“ which she mentioned signified became the day her period started.
A driver escorted her to his residence, she mentioned, and left. She and Weinstein talked, „having traditional conversation,“ after which he without be aware „lunged at me, making an try to kiss me,“ she claimed.
She claimed he backed her accurate into a mattress room, the place she fell onto a mattress and he pushed her down. She mentioned she urged him „no,“ that she did no longer „desire this to happen,“ and that she became on her period, all in attempts to „set aside him close.“
After deciding no one would hear her train and that she might maybe no longer lag for the elevator or net out of the residence in any arrangement, she mentioned, she „checked out.“
„That became the accurate part I could maybe discontinue,“ she mentioned. That is when she claims he performed a forcible intercourse act on her.
When she got house, she testified, she urged a roommate what came about however „determined that going to police became no longer an possibility for me“ attributable to her off-the-books work on „Project Runway.“
„Obviously, Mr. Weinstein has plenty more energy and resources and connections and deal of others,“ Haleyi mentioned. „I did no longer mediate I could maybe really stand an different.“
The subsequent day, she flew to Los Angeles as planned, however skipped the movie premiere, prompting indignant calls from Weinstein, she testified.
When she returned from L.A. to New York City about two weeks later, she mentioned Weinstein invited her to the Tribeca Huge Resort for a drink and she agreed, asserting he „became very chronic and insistent.“
„I became peaceful making an try to set aside sense of what had came about, why it had came about — and I felt very trapped in no longer being about to total anything about it,“ Haleyi testified.
She mentioned she felt like she became „making an try to safe some create of energy,“ except she walked in to fulfill him on July 26, 2006, wearing a battered pair of traditional shoes, with diminutive money and no household within the U.S.
„I accurate felt like some create of hobo,“ she mentioned.
On July 26, Haleyi testified, she arrived on the Tribeca Huge Resort and became directed to Weinstein’s room, the place she claims he took her hand and pulled her in direction of a mattress.
„I accurate went numb,“ she mentioned, explaining that she realized Weinstein trapped her again. „I accurate felt like an fool.“
In the court docket, Haleyi trembled and wept with her head in her fingers.
This time, she claimed, she did no longer show somebody what came about, asserting „it became deeply embarrassing“ and that she blamed herself „that point.“
“The first incident became deeply embarrassing, however I didn’t blame myself,” she mentioned, relating to when Weinstein allegedly forcibly performed oral intercourse on her at his Soho residence.
Requested whether or no longer she blamed herself for the come upon on the Tribeca Huge Resort, she mentioned, “for that point? Certain, I did.”
In opening arguments, prosecutor Meghan Hast has described the July 26 come upon as a „rape,“ however failed to present why Weinstein wasn’t charged for it on this case.
On depraved examination, protection authorized reliable Damon Cheronis — who has taken a more prominent characteristic than anticipated in depraved inspecting almost definitely the most feminine witnesses — centered Haleyi on the July 26, 2006 incident on the Tribeca Huge.
Cheronis sought to clarify the persona of the come upon and Haleyi acknowledged that she wasn’t “compelled” to sleep with Weinstein.
“On the 26th of July you had intercourse with Harvey Weinstein, accurate?” Cheronis requested.
“There became intercourse with Harvey Weinstein, sure,” she responded.
Rapidly afterwards, Cheronis requested her, “He didn’t pressure you to accept as true with intercourse, did he?”
“I didn’t bodily face up to,” she responded.
“Form you undergo in ideas testifying ahead of the noteworthy jury that [the sex] wasn’t compelled?”
“Factual, as a result of I didn’t face up to,” Haleyi mentioned.
Cheronis also challenged her recollection of being known as a “bitch” and a “whore” by Weinstein, noting that she hadn’t recounted that facet of the July 26 come upon in preliminary interviews with prosecutors or in front of a noteworthy jury in early 2018.
“I mediate that is one thing I remembered later,” she mentioned.
Cheronis suggested that she had fabricated that detail, and Haleyi grew visibly pissed off, at one level uttering, „He known as me a bitch and a whore as a result of he thought it would turn him on for the length of intercourse.“
Cheronis continued to hammer on the level, within the damage asking her if she fabricated the epithets.
“Mr. Weinstein by no arrangement known as you that, did he, ma’am?” Cheronis mentioned moments later, moving her.
“He did!” she insisted.
Cheronis also zeroed in on Haleyi’s ongoing interactions with Weinstein after July 2006.
Under depraved-examination, Haleyi acknowledged that she had sought out Weinstein after that period, for matters together with pitching a TV demonstrate belief to him, having a probe for work and looking out for movie premiere tickets from him for the Cannes Film Competition.
Haleyi acknowledged that for the length of a press convention she held in topple 2017 to roar her accusations, she failed to expose the July 26 sexual come upon or the subsequent contacts she initiated with Weinstein to pitch a TV demonstrate and ogle work.
„What you urged the sphere became what your authorized reliable known as ‚her truth,'“ Cheronis mentioned to her. „You presumably failed to expose the sphere in December 2017 the leisure of the narrative, did you?“
„It wasn’t really relevant to the message that I became there to fragment,“ she responded.
Haleyi later mentioned below re-advise that „as a result of I failed to face up to, I failed to acknowledge that as an assault.“
At the same time as you happen to or somebody skilled sexual assault and is looking out for resources, name the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).