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7 New Big Lines From the Weinstein Trial

Accuser Jessica Mann takes the stand again
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2020 7:17 PM CST
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Harvey Weinstein emerges from the elevator as he arrives at court for his rape trial, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Jessica Mann took the stand again Tuesday in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial, a day after she said she was having a panic attack during cross-examination, prompting the judge to end proceedings early for the day. Mann first testified last week, during which her revelation that she thought the movie mogul was "deformed and intersex" made headlines. During her first day of cross-examination Monday, Weinstein's defense team accused her of manipulating the producer. Five big lines from Tuesday's testimony from the AP, USA Today, NBC News, and CNN:

  • Mann says Weinstein raped her twice in 2013, but she continued a relationship with him for years afterward, including some consensual encounters. The defense team focused on what the AP calls an "exhaustive review" of friendly, sometimes even flirtatious communications she had sent him. Asked how many times they had consensual sex, Mann responded, "I only remember intercourse the times that he raped me."
  • After defense attorney Donna Rotunno asked Mann multiple times to acknowledge she had manipulated Weinstein by making him think she was interested in him when she was actually just trying to further her acting career, Mann said, "That's your version." But she did acknowledge she said certain things and acted in certain ways in order to protect herself and her career: "I guess you can say manipulation." She also noted, when asked if she had used Weinstein, "Knowing him can open doors, and people want to get to him through you, so yes." She added: "I’m not looking for an excuse. ... I own my behavior."

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