NEW YORK (Reuters) – A onetime aspiring actress told a Manhattan jury on Friday that Harvey Weinstein raped her in a hotel room while she was in an “extremely degrading” relationship with the movie producer.
The woman, Jessica Mann, said she told no one about what had happened.
“I was so embarrassed,” she said, crying on the witness stand.
Mann likened Weinstein to “Jekyll and Hyde,” saying he could be charming in public but often showed frightening anger when they were alone.
“If he heard the word ‘no,’ it was like a trigger for him,” she said.
On cross-examination, Weinstein’s lawyers suggested that Mann stayed with him to further her Hollywood career.
Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to raping Mann and to sexually assaulting another woman, Mimi Haleyi. Since 2017, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
Weinstein, who produced films including “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love,” has denied any nonconsensual…
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