Weinstein ‘insisted’ that Jessica Mann, then 27, and Brazilian actress Talita Maia audition for a teen vampire film he was producing even though the casting director knew they were SEVEN inches too tall and too old, court hears
- Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial continued Wednesday with a slate of witnesses taking the stand
- The night hotel manager who worked the night Jessica Mann claimed she was raped testified he was ‘alarmed’ by her body language when checking in with Weinstein and ordered security to check in on her
- A casting director said Weinstein insisted Mann audition for teen vampire film role despite being too old for it
- Model and actress Lauren Marie Young is slated to testify as his last accuser today
- She claims Weinstein masturbated in front of her in a Beverly Hills hotel bathroom in February 2013
- Her testimony follows the exhaustive three-day testimony and cross-examination of key witness Jessica Mann, who said she also had sexual encounters with Weinstein Oscar week in February 2013
- On Tuesday the jury was shown naked photos of Weinstein to corroborate claims of scarring on his body
- Young may also be asked about Weinstein’s anatomy since she also alleges she saw him naked
- 67-year-old producer says all the sexual encounters were consensual, if convicted he could be jailed for life
Harvey Weinstein insisted that accuser Jessica Mann and another actress from Brazil audition for roles in a teen vampire film he was producing, even though a casting director said they were both too old and tall for the roles.
The movie mogul’s rape trial continued Wednesday with a slew of witnesses who were brought in to corroborate claims made by Weinstein’s accusers earlier in the week.
Casting director Marci Lirofff, who cast the film Vampire Academy which was produced by The Weinstein Co., testified before the jury that the film’s lead roles needed to be aged 15 or 16 and there was a 5ft 2in height limit to keep the movie consistent with the book it’s based on.
Yet, Mann claimed that Weinstein dangled a lead role in the film as a way to keep her close to him.
Weinstein Co asked Liroff to audition Mann, and her friend Brazilian actress Talita Maia for the role on April 15, 2013, even though she knew ahead of time that they did not fit the role and the lead roles had already been cast in January that year.
On the audition form for Mann and Maia, Liroff wrote: ‘not right’.
When asked why she wrote that she said: ‘They were too old as we were looking for a 15 year old, they were too tall and they were not strong enough as actors.’
At the time of that audition Mann was 27 and Maia was in her 20’s. Mann is 5ft 9in and Maia is 5ft 4in.
Harvey Weinstein insisted that accuser Jessica Mann (left leaving court on Tuesday) and Brazilian actress Talita Maia (right) audition for roles in a teen vampire film he was producing, even though a casting director said they were both too old and tall for the roles, his rape trial heard today
Harvey Weinstein beamed as he walked into court on Wednesday where his last accuser will testify. He was all smiles despite the jury being shown his naked photos yesterday
On Wednesday the jury is expected to her from his last accuser, a woman named Lauren Young, who claims the producer masturbated in front of her in a Beverly Hills hotel bathroom in February 2013. Weinstein pictured hobbling into court
The producer hobbled into court where a series of witnesses including Young will take the witness stand
In the end the lead role went to a girl who was 16 or 17 years old, Liroff said.
Liroff said it was ‘unusual’ for a producer to be involved in casting a film which should have been her domain. She said that it was not a ‘sham’ audition, but it was not ‘productive’ either.
Liroff said: ‘They weren’t strong actresses so they were not good for another role.’
Weinstein allegedly dangled a role in Vampire Academy, which was released in 2014 (poster above), in front of Mann to keep her close, even though she was too old and tall for the gig
The movie mogul beamed as he walked into court on Wednesday, despite the fact that jurors were shown his naked photos as evidence yesterday.
Hotel manager working the night Mann claimed Weinstein raped her says producer appeared ‘threatening’ and he ordered security to check in on their room
Rothschild Capulong, the night manager at the Doubletree Metropolitan hotel in Midtown, Manhattan, took the stand on Wednesday.
He claimed Weinstein was so threatening while checking into the hotel on March, 18 2013 – the day Mann claims Weinstein raped her – that he warned security to check in on her, a court heard today.
Capulong told the jury the woman Weinstein was with, who prosecutors said was Mann, had alarming body language. He told security they may need to ‘check Mr Weinstein’s room’ because he was so fearful for her safety.
He also said Weinstein tried to ‘intimidate’ him into rushing the check in by looming over the desk.
Capulong said that Weinstein checked in around 10.30am on that March 2013 occasion under the name ‘Max Poster’. Under the notes for his reservation it said: ‘Celebrity Harvey Weinstein is the actual guest.’
Capulong, who checked him in, said: ‘Mr Weinstein had an imposing attitude at the time of his check in and he was trying to loom over me and rush the check in process.’
Weinstein was with the woman and Capulong said that he was concerned by their body language because ‘there was no laughing or smiling’.
He said: ‘They weren’t on the same page, it seemed like there was discontentment with the female.’
‘Usually couples checking in are in a happy mood. When they checked in they just weren’t.’
Capulong said he tried to look to the side to get a better look at the woman but ‘Mr Weinstein loomed over me so I couldn’t.’
Asked why he wanted to do this, Capulong said: ‘It’s the hotel policy that the guests’ safety comes first.’
Harvey Weinstein was so threatening while checking into the DoubleTree Metropolitan hotel in New York (above) in March 2013 with accuser Jessica Mann, who he allegedly raped that day, that hotel night manager Rothschild Capulong warned security to check in on her
He said: ‘It was the body language of the female, the discontentment that raised the alarm.’
As Weinstein and the woman walked away Capulong said they were walking ‘apart’ and Weinstein was ‘guiding’ her.
Describing his overnight report, he said: ‘I specifically wrote that security might want to check on Mr Weinstein’s room.’
Under cross examination by Donna Rotunno, Capulong said that he did not know the name of the woman and only recalled that she was ‘slender and attractive’.
In her testimony Mann said that she flew from Los Angeles to New York in March 2013 with a friend and Weinstein was supposed to meet her for a breakfast meeting at the hotel.
She said Weinstein arrived early she ‘panicked’ when she saw Weinstein checking in. Mann claimed she ‘pleaded’ with hotel staff to not give Weinstein a room. He allegedly pulled her to one side and told her not to ’embarrass him’ and ordered her to go upstairs.
‘I shut down a little bit and he told me to undress and then he comes to me and grabbed my hand and forced me to start undressing myself. I felt panicked as my worst nightmare was about to happen,’ Mann said.
Weinstein allegedly ordered her to undress and lay on the bed as he walked into the bathroom and closed the door, then came out and raped her.
Afterwards Mann went to the bathroom and found a needle in the trash can, which she said she Googled and found was to induce an erection.
After Capulong, Hector Castillo, the head of security at the hotel, was called to the witness box, and refuted the night manager’s account saying security was never told to check on Weinstein’s room.
Weinstein’s lawyer Donna Rotunno asked him if security was called to the film producer’s room, and he said no. When asked if there were any notes in logs about anyone screaming or asking staff to not check Weinstein in, Castillo said no.
Weinstein faces three felony charges related to Mann’s allegations that he raped her at that New York hotel after injecting himself with an erection-inducing drug.
Model who claims Weinstein masturbated in front of her and groped her breast will be last accuser to testify
On Wednesday a model who claims Harvey Weinstein groped her breast and masturbated in front of her in a hotel room just days before the Oscars in 2013 will be the last accuser to take the witness stand.
Lauren Marie Young will testify today as prosecutors wrap up their case in New York court, where Weinstein faces five felony charges.
Young claims Weinstein stripped naked and relieved himself in front of her after a friend of his trapped her in the bathroom of producer’s Beverly Hills hotel room in February 2013.
Her testimony follows the exhaustive three-day testimony and cross-examination of key witness Jessica Mann, who said she also had sexual encounters with Weinstein Oscar week in 2013, and he allegedly raped her in New York a month later.
On Tuesday the jury was shown a series of naked photos of Weinstein taken by the district attorney’s office a few weeks after his arrest to corroborate claims made by his accuser Mann that he had ‘extreme scarring’ on his body. She claimed his body looked deformed, he had no testicles, and appeared to be intersex.
Young may also be asked about Weinstein’s anatomy since she also alleges she saw him naked.
As series of other witnesses will also take the stand Wednesday to support prior claims made in the trial.
While Young’s charges against the movie mogul are not filed in New York, they are included in the case against the producer in Los Angeles as the alleged assault happened there. Those charges allege Weinstein assaulted Young and raped a different woman on back-to-back nights in February 2013.
Young said she was in her early 20s when she went up to Weinstein’s hotel room to continue a conversation with him about a dark comedy script she was writing about her life.
She claims a female friend of Weinstein’s was there and shut the door, trapping her in the bathroom with the producer.
‘Lauren, scared and disgusted, escaped the bathroom, shocked at (Weinstein’s friend) who remained outside the bathroom door, gave a dirty look and fled, running home and hysterically recounting what happened to her two friends,’ prosecutor Meghan Hast said in an opening statement.
Young, along with Dawn Dunning and Tarale Wulff who testified last week, are supporting witnesses who have been called to bolster the a case against Weinstein and portray him as a serial offender, though their accusations are part of the criminal charges Weinstein faces.
Dunning claims Weinstein reached up her skirt and fondled her genitals in 2004 and offered three movie roles in exchange for a threesome with his assistant.
Wulff alleged Weinstein masturbated in front of her on one occasion and raped her on another in 2005.
Weinstein’s charges stem from the allegations of hairstylist Jessica Mann who claims he raped her at a New York hotel in 2013 and former production assistant Mimi Haleyi who claims he forced oral sex on her in 2006.
While the 67-year-old producer says all of the sexual encounters were consensual, if convicted he could spend life behind bars.
Weinstein pictured leaving Manhattan Supreme Court after the jury was shown pictures of his naked body on Tuesday after Mann’s testimony
What’s happened in the trial so far
So far five accusers have testified against Weinstein.
On Monday January 27 Haleyi, whose allegations are at the heart of the Weinstein case, broke down in tears as she recounted how the film honcho, who got her a job as a production assistant on the show Project Runway, allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on her while she was on her period at his New York City apartment in July 2006. She also claimed he raped her at a TriBeCa hotel two weeks afterwards.
‘I did reject him, but he insisted. Every time I tried to get off the bed, he would push me back and hold me down,’ Haleyi, 42, said choking on tears.
‘I was crying no, no. I told him I’m on my period. It was as if he didn’t believe me. I said something like where is it then? He literally pulled my tampon out,’ she added.
Haleyi (in cream trench coat) worked for Project Runway, a reality show Weinstein produced. Pictured in court on Monday Jan 27
She underwent an intense cross-examination where Weinstein’s attorney Damon Cheronis claimed she had a consensual relationship with Weinstein and zeroed in on her continued contact with the producer even after the alleged assaults, showing e-mails and notes in her diary.
On Tuesday January 28 Haleyi’s roommate in 2006, Elizabeth Entin, testified to corroborate her claims. Entin said on one occasion Weinstein barged into their home to demand Haleyi go to Paris with him but got scared by her pet Chihuahua Peanut.
On Wednesday January 29 Tarale Wulff and Dawn Dunning, both so-called ‘Molineux’ witnesses, testified to demonstrate Weinstein’s ‘prior bad acts’ and pattern of pattern behavior. Weinstein’s charges do not stem from their accounts.
Tarale Wulff testified that Weinstein masturbated in front of her while she was working as a cocktail waitress at the upscale New York club Cipriani and raped her at his New York City apartment in 2005 after calling her in for an audition saying ‘Don’t worry, I’ve had a vasectomy’.
Dawn Dunning, who also met the movie mogul when trying to become an actress, said that Weinstein put his hand up her skirt during a business meeting at his hotel suite in 2004 and he offered her movie roles in exchange for a threesome, claiming, ‘This is how the industry works!’
On Thursday January 30 four supporting witnesses testified to corroborate earlier claims.
On Friday January 31 key accuser Jessica Mann testified how Weinstein allegedly raped her in a New York hotel room in 2013 after injecting himself with an erection-inducing drug. She said his genitalia was ‘deformed’ and he had no testicles. Despite being allegedly assaulted several times by Weinstein, she maintained contact with him
Last week Annabella Sciorra testified that Weinstein forced his way into her Manhattan apartment one winter night in 1993 or 1994 and violently raped her.
In total six women are expected to testify against the producer, while more than 90 women have accused the Miramax founder of sexual misconduct, harassment, rape, and unwanted touching.
She broke down in tears as she recounted the alleged rape saying: ‘I was crying no, no. I told him I’m on my period. It was as if he didn’t believe me. I said something like where is it then? He literally pulled my tampon out’
Annabella Sciorra cried as she took the stand in Harvey Weinstein’s New York trial last week to tell how he allegedly raped her in 1993 or 1994. She appeared in The Sopranos as Tony Soprano’s mistress (right)
Who are Weinstein’s accusers who have or will testify?
Actress Annabella Sciorra testified two weeks ago against Weinstein, claiming he raped her in her New York City apartment in 1993.
Former production assistant Mimi Haleyi testified on January 27 and claimed Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her inside his apartment in 2006.
Jessica Mann testified Friday on how the movie mogul allegedly raped her in a Midtown Manhattan hotel in 2013.
Costume designer Dawn Dunning testified Wednesday January 29 that Weinstein sexually harassed her and tried to pressure her into having a three-way with him and his assistant when she was 24 at a Manhattan hotel in 2004.
Aspiring actress Tarale Wulff testified Wednesday January 29 that Weinstein masturbated in front of her as she was working as a cocktail waitress at Cipriani Upstairs in Manhattan and he later assaulted her in his bedroom in 2005.
A sixth woman, Lauren Young, claims he groped her in a hotel, masturbated and ejaculated onto a bathroom floor in February 2012 at a dinner event during Oscar season when she was 22.
In addition to these six accusers the judge is allowing four other women to testify to establish a pattern of behavior, even though most of their allegations are too old to prosecute as crimes according to state law.
The trial started on January 6 and could last until early March.
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