Former ‘Project Runway’ Assistant Breaks Down During Testimony of Graphic Sexual Assault at Harvey Weinstein Trial


Before we get to this next story we should let you know that we will be talking about sexual assault and it might be disturbing to some of you we are talking about Harvey Weinstein's trial which continues in Manhattan this week is the man behind films like Shakespeare in love and good will hunting and has been accused of sexually abusive behavior by more than eighty women he is charged with five counts of rape and sexual assault against two women in New York last week actress Annabel us your took the stand to allege that he raped her in the winter of nineteen ninety three ninety four yesterday was an accuser name Merriam Haley she is one of the women whose accusations are charged in this case in pairs rose Friedman was in the courthouse yesterday she's on the line now from New York morning rose the morning Merion Haley is not a household name like some of Harvey Weinstein's accusers tell us about her yeah she grew up in Sweden she got a job working as a personal assistant for producer named Michael white he did movies like Monty python's holy grail in the Rocky Horror Picture Show he introduced her to Harvey when seen at the Cannes Film Festival in two thousand four then his health went downhill and Haley was basically out of work so she ran into one scene again it can by that point she's in her late twenties and she asked if he could help her out she said she'd been planning on moving to New York anyway so he offered her a few weeks on project runway which is company was making and she accepted and then what did you what did she testify that Harvey once you did to her it was a disturbing story she cried a couple times while she told it it's tough to listen to and honestly kind of tough to talk about she described the kind of escalating series of behaviors from one state at their first meeting in hotel he asked her for a massage which she said felt humiliating her then on another occasion he offered her a ride home and tried to enter her apartment after that he showed up at her apartment unannounced these were all under the pretext of business meetings which the prosecution was careful to point out often happen in hotels in the entertainment business finally Haley says one Steen invited her to his own home where she says they were chatting uneventfully on the couch when he lunged at her and began trying to kiss her so in court she said no no I don't want this to happen but she says he forced her into a bedroom where he got on top of her she says he pushed me down he held me by my arms and said no stay like that and I said no no and at that point started realizing what was actually happening and I'm being raped she says he performed oral sex on her she said the whole time she was kicking and squirming she asked him to stop she says he continued okay so graphic and distressing testimony Harvey Weinstein's defense team had an opportunity to respond what did they say they pointed out that Haley continue to interact with Winston she actually described another sexual encounter that she said with unwanted but that she didn't physically resist Haley in one scene also continued to email each other for you years after the alleged assault so the defense was able to use those emails to try to prove that no assault had happened that the sex was consensual they showed emails of her reaching out to ask for work setting up meetings to pitch ideas she also accepted an airline ticket and ended an email with the words lots of love at one point when scenes lawyer Damien Sharon is asked isn't the reason you felt comfortable dealing with Harvey Weinstein and sending her the white females because he never sexually assaulted you so clearly an attempt by his defense to so some doubt in the jury's mind all right in this

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