NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Disgraced former film mogul, Harvey Weinstein, is on trial for sexually assaulting four women, and the prosecution’s case against Weinstein relies heavily on the defendant’s claimed “deformities” of his genitalia. Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson, in his opening remarks to the jury on Monday, on Oct 24, explained how some of the women who have accused Weinstein of assault had noted “special features about his anatomy” following a surgery he underwent in 1999.
Weinsten’s testicles were actually removed from his scrotum and placed into his inner thigh due to an infection. It is unlikely that any of the women who will testify against Weinstein will be able to identify the anatomy of the now 70-year-old, however, “the majority of them will be able to characterise these irregularities that they witnessed during the assaults,” said Thompson.
Currently, Weinstein is being tried on charges of sexual abuse against four women in Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013 while already serving a 23-year term for rape and sexual assault in New York. According to the Daily Mail, an Italian model, going by Jane Doe, in Weinstein’s LA rape trial claimed to weigh just 150 pounds at the time of abuse. She further claimed that she had previously been raped and was afraid of being beaten if she didn’t comply with Weinstein’s requests for sex, and called Weinsten “tyrannical”.
Weinstein’s defence team on Wednesday, Oct 26, focused on discrepancies between what the accuser told police after the alleged rape and what she testified before a grand jury. Alan Jackson, the defence attorney, claimed that the absence of Harvey’s testicles would make it difficult for her to comply with Weinstein’s alleged demand to “play with his balls”. He then pointed out that in a 2017 interview with authorities the model claimed to have Weinstein’s testicles in her mouth. The woman is the first of eight accusers set to testify in a Los Angeles courtroom.
Thompson argued that the victims believed that if they told anyone what Weinsten had done to them, he would ruin their careers. He also received requests from other accusers who pleaded to him for help. The jury was also informed that Quentin Tarantino, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Gwyneth Paltrow were all introduced to the world through Weinstein’s movies, and that he also had influence over “presidential prospects” like Hillary Clinton.
Weinstein’s lawyer, Mark Werksman, stated in his opening statements that before the ‘MeToo’ movement it was common for women in Hollywood to trade sex for career advancement. The former Hollywood giant has denied having any instances of non-consensual sex and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.