NEW YORK (Reuters) – A lawyer for Harvey Weinstein is expected on Thursday to urge a New York jury to acquit the former Hollywood producer of sexual assault, as the weeks-long trial against Weinstein comes to a close.
Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to raping Jessica Mann, a onetime aspiring actress, in 2013 and to sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.
During the trial, which began on Jan. 6, Weinstein’s lead attorney, Donna Rotunno, sought to undermine Weinstein’s accusers through aggressive cross-examination.
Rotunno’s closing argument on Thursday is her final opportunity to make her case that the encounters the women had with Weinstein were consensual.
The jury is expected to hear the prosecution’s closing argument on Friday.
Weinstein faces life in prison if convicted of predatory sexual assault, the most serious charge against him.
The trial is a milestone for the #MeToo movement in which women have accused powerful men in business,…
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