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Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi is the second of six women expected to testify that the disgraced Hollywood mega-producer sexually assaulted them, following dramatic testimony last week from ‘Sopranos’ actress Annabella Sciorra.

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One of two women that Harvey Weinstein is on trial for sexually assaulting took the witness stand on Monday to describe how the Hollywood producer violently sexually assaulted her and explain why she returned to him within a month and endured a second unwanted sexual encounter.

Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi is the second of six women expected to testify that the disgraced Hollywood mega-producer sexually assaulted them, following dramatic testimony last week from ‘Sopranos’ actress Annabella Sciorra.

Career

Haleyi worked as a “Project Runway” production assistant for several weeks, being paid in cash as her visa didn’t allow her to work in the U.S.

After shooting wrapped, she reached out to Weinstein to thank him for the opportunity and he invited her for a drink. They had a “very pleasant” meeting in June 2006 at the lobby of the Mercer Hotel, she testified, where he “was very respectful, even charming.” He offered to have her return to “Project Runway” the next season.

The next day, he gave her a ride home after a meeting and invited her to fly on a private jet with him to Paris the following week to attend a fashion show with him and stay at The Ritz. She declined but he wouldn’t take no for an answer, she said.

She testified that she had no intention of doing so, but in an effort to be “polite,” she said she’d let him know. Weinstein called her repeatedly and then showed up at her apartment for the second time that day, she said.

He “barged” into her apartment, she said, and again asked about Paris, despite her declining.

She said she told him, “‘You know, you have a terrible reputation with women, I’ve heard.’ He got offended by that. He stepped back and said, ‘What do you mean? What have you heard?'”

“He backed off after that,” she said.

Haleyi maintained contact with his office, trying to navigate a “professional-slash-social” relationship.

“I wasn’t interested in him sexually or romantically, but I wanted him to like me,” she testified.

Haleyi said she accepted an invitation from Weinstein to fly her out to California for the premiere of “Clerks 2” in July 2006 as her friend was expecting a baby in Los Angeles.

On July 10, 2006, the day before she was scheduled to fly to L.A. she said Weinstein invited her to his Soho, New York, loft apartment and sent a car for her in the late afternoon. Her personal calendar, which was admitted into evidence, shows that day marked with a “P,” which she said signified was the day her period started.

Claimed

She claimed he backed her into a bedroom, where she fell onto a bed and he pushed her down. She said she told him “no,” that she didn’t “want this to happen,” and that she was on her period, all in attempts to “make him stop.”

After deciding no one would hear her scream and that she couldn’t sprint for the elevator or get out of the apartment in any way, she said, she “checked out.”

“That was the best thing I could do,” she said. That is when she claims he performed a forcible sex act on her.

When she got home, she testified, she told a roommate what happened but “decided that going to police was not an option for me” due to her off-the-books work on “Project Runway.”

“Obviously, Mr. Weinstein has a lot more power and resources and connections and so forth,” Haleyi said. “I didn’t think I would really stand a chance.”

The next day, she flew to Los Angeles as planned, but skipped the movie premiere, prompting angry calls from Weinstein, she testified.

When she returned from L.A. to New York City about two weeks later, she said Weinstein invited her to the Tribeca Grand Hotel for a drink and she agreed, saying he “was very persistent and insistent.”

“I was still trying to make sense of what had happened, why it had happened — and I felt very trapped in not being about to do anything about it,” Haleyi testified.

She said she felt like she was “trying to regain some sort of power,” until she walked in to meet him on July 26, 2006, wearing a battered pair of vintage shoes, with little money and no family in the U.S.

“I just felt like some sort of hobo,” she said.

On July 26, Haleyi testified, she arrived at the Tribeca Grand Hotel and was directed to Weinstein’s room, where she claims he took her hand and pulled her toward a bed.

“I just went numb,” she said, explaining that she realized Weinstein trapped her again. “I just felt like an idiot.”

In the courtroom, Haleyi trembled and wept with her head in her hands.

This time, she claimed, she didn’t tell anyone what happened, saying “it was deeply embarrassing” and that she blamed herself “that time.”

“The first incident was deeply embarrassing, but I didn’t blame myself,” she said, referring to when Weinstein allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on her at his Soho apartment.

Asked whether she blamed herself for the encounter at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, she said, “for that time? Yes, I did.”

In opening arguments, prosecutor Meghan Hast has described the July 26 encounter as a “rape,” but did not explain why Weinstein wasn’t charged for it in this case.

On cross examination, defense attorney Damon Cheronis — who has taken a more prominent role than expected in cross examining some of the female witnesses — focused Haleyi on the July 26, 2006 incident at the Tribeca Grand.

Cheronis sought to clarify the nature of the encounter and Haleyi acknowledged that she wasn’t “forced” to sleep with Weinstein.

“On the 26th of July you had sex with Harvey Weinstein, correct?” Cheronis asked.

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“There was sex with Harvey Weinstein, yes,” she replied.

Shortly afterwards, Cheronis asked her, “He didn’t force you to have sex, did he?”

“I didn’t physically resist,” she replied.

“Do you remember testifying before the grand jury that [the sex] wasn’t forced?”

“Correct, because I didn’t resist,” Haleyi said.

Cheronis also challenged her recollection of being called a “bitch” and a “whore” by Weinstein, noting that she hadn’t recounted that aspect of the July 26 encounter in initial interviews with prosecutors or in front of a grand jury in early 2018.

“I think that is something I remembered later,” she said.

Cheronis suggested that she had fabricated that detail, and Haleyi grew visibly frustrated, at one point uttering, “He called me a bitch and a whore because he thought it would turn him on during sex.”

Cheronis continued to hammer on the point, eventually asking her if she fabricated the epithets.

“Mr. Weinstein never called you that, did he, ma’am?” Cheronis said moments later, challenging her.

“He did!” she insisted.

Cheronis also zeroed in on Haleyi’s ongoing interactions with Weinstein after July 2006.

Under cross-examination, Haleyi acknowledged that she had sought out Weinstein after that period, for matters including pitching a TV show idea to him, looking for work and seeking movie premiere tickets from him for the Cannes Film Festival.

Haleyi acknowledged that during a press conference she held in fall 2017 to announce her accusations, she did not disclose the July 26 sexual encounter or the subsequent contacts she initiated with Weinstein to pitch a TV show and seek work.

“What you told the world was what your lawyer referred to as ‘her truth,'” Cheronis said to her. “You did not tell the world in December 2017 the rest of the story, did you?”

“It wasn’t really relevant to the message that I was there to share,” she replied.

Haleyi later said under re-direct that “because I did not resist, I did not recognize that as an assault.”

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison for two sex crimes

Ex-movie mogul-turned-convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein will spend the next 23 years in prison for his conviction of third-degree rape and forcible sexual assault of two women, his trial judge ruled Wednesday.

Judge James Burke pronounced the sentence after Weinstein’s victims scathingly denounced him while demanding the stiffest punishment possible, and after Weinstein addressed the court to express remorse to all the women who testified against him.

“The sentence of the court is as follows: (For) criminal sexual act in the first degree, you are sentenced to 20 years in prison, five years post-release supervision….(For) rape in the third degree, three years prison, five years post-release supervision.”

“I feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deep in my heart. I’m really trying to be a better person,” Weinstein said, addressing his victims when he spoke just before Burke pronounced his sentence.

He said he “would do a lot of things over. I would care less about the movies, and care more about my children and my family…I may never see my children again.”

Weinstein was convicted on Feb. 24 of third-degree rape of aspiring actress Jessica Mann, 34, in a New York hotel room in 2013, and first-degree sexual assault of production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi, 42, in 2006.

“He violated my trust, my body and my basic right to reject his sexual advances,” said Haleyi, who was the first of his victims to speak. “When he attacked me that evening, it scarred me emotionally and physically. It diminished my confidence and faith in people, and my confidence and faith in myself.

“I’m relieved he will now know he’s not above the law.”

Haleyi began crying when she described herself as “not the perfect victim but as a human being,” who is healing.

Mann went next, beginning her statement by attacking the defense. She said she had been grilled on the stand by lawyers who “twist the truth.” She described the “horrors” of being raped by someone much bigger than she.

“My rape was preventable,” Mann said. She was visibly emotional but did not cry. “This was a known offender whose previous crimes were covered up in a paper trail” of non-disclosure agreements. “I am forced to carry that experience until I die. It is a recurring nightmare that i feel is just as real as when it happened.”

She described Weistein as “a senior citizen who is literally crumbling” before our eyes.

“Behind bars, Harvey can have the chance to rehabilitate while being held accountable for his crimes,” she said as she asked for the “maximum” sentence.

She said she hopes for a future where “we no longer have to worry about monsters hiding in our closet.”

Weinstein was brought into court in a wheelchair, wearing a blue suit and white shirt.

Besides Weinstein’s two victims, other accusers who testified against him at the trial also were in the courtroom, including Lauren Young, accompanied by her lawyer Gloria Allred, and Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff and Annabella Sciorra.

Wulff, like Dunning and Young a “prior bad acts” witness against Weinstein, posted an online letter Tuesday describing the impact on her life after she says Weinstein raped her in the summer of 2005.

Under New York law, such witnesses are barred from delivering victim impact statements at sentencing.

Also in attendance was actress Rosie Perez, a friend to accuser Sciorra of “Sopranos” fame who testified to corroborate Sciorra’s testimony that Weinstein raped her in 1993 or 1994. Weinstein was acquitted of the two crimes involving Sciorra.

The first to address the court was Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi, who delivered the prosecution’s sentencing statement. She described Weinstein as a man “drunk on power,” a man distinguished by “a lack of human empathy, selfishness and a life rooted in criminality. Criminality that lasted for decades.”

Arthur Aidala, one of Weinstein’s defense attorneys, followed the victims’ statements, saying he did not intend to rush. “This is a man’s life here,” he said.

Aidala argued for the minimum sentence of five years, saying that eight and a half years is the average sentence in New York for these crimes. He said Weinstein is a candidate for a low sentence given his background.

“He has no criminal history, he’s almost 70, he’s a broken-down man,” Aidala said. He said a longer sentence would be “a death penalty.”

Defense attorney Donna Rotunno said Weinstein has “a multitude of medical issues” and a history of heart disease in his family; incarceration could make it difficult to get the care he needs, she said.

She said Weinstein’s career as a movie producer and creative person should be considered, as well as the impact of a sentence on his family, including his grown and young children.

“When you look at the allegations in the courtroom, you see a very small side of who Mr. Weinstein really is,” she said. “This incarceration not only has an impact on Mr. Weinstein, but all the people who love and care about him.

“No matter what happens here today, judge, no one really wins,” Rotunno said. Even if he gets the minimum sentence, she said, “there’s a good chance that Mr. Weinstein won’t live to see the end of that sentence, which is very sad.”

Initial reactions to the sentence from Weinstein’s many accusers not involved in the trial were pleased but subdued.

“Harvey Weinstein’s legacy will always be that he’s a convicted rapist,” said a group of accusers who call themselves the Silence Breakers, in a statement to USA TODAY. “He is going to jail – but no amount of jail time will repair the lives he ruined, the careers he destroyed, or the damage he has caused.”

Rotunno, addressing reporters outside the courthouse, called the sentence “cowardly” and “total unfairness.” She said Weinstein feels “terrible.”

“He wasn’t treated fairly – not by the court, not by the jury, not by a lot of you” reporters, added defense lawyer Damon Cheronis.

The formerly powerful Hollywood producer, who turns 68 on March 19, suffered chest pains and high blood pressure immediately after the trial jury announced its verdict.

The verdict followed a 23-day trial in which six accusers testified against him, and the seven men and four women of the jury deliberated 26 hours over five days.

He was acquitted of three more serious charges, including predatory sexual assault and first-degree rape. If convicted on those charges he could have gotten a life sentence.

Although Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. did not win a total victory in the case, what he did win was enough for Weinstein’s many accusers and MeToo activists to claim a victory.

Few jurors have spoken publicly about their deliberations and none allowed a full name to be used. But Juror #9, whose first name is Drew, did say on “CBS This Morning” after the verdict that the jury’s decision was not intended to send a message about anything but whether Weinstein was guilty or not guilty of the specific five crimes charged.

Drew’s remarks suggested that he at least took seriously Judge Burke’s admonition during jury selection that the Weinstein trial, following two years of global media coverage, was not supposed to be “a referendum on the MeToo movement. It is not a referendum on sexual harassment. It is not a referendum on women’s rights.”

Nevertheless, the MeToo movement considered the trial exactly that – as an historic first effort to present and punish the reality of sexual violence in workplaces across the land, and in Hollywood especially. So far it is the only high-profile MeToo case to be put before a criminal court jury since the movement was turbo-charged in October 2017 by media exposes detailing misconduct by scores of powerful men in multiple industries. As such, MeToo activists hailed the verdict as a triumph. Now they savor the sense of retribution as Weinstein is locked behind bars.

Weinstein himself addressed #MeToo at his sentencing.

“I’m confused, and I think men are confused” about the #MeToo movement,” Weinstein said in his rambling statement. “I think about the thousands of men and women who are losing due process, and I’m worried about this country.”

Defense lawyers have said Weinstein expects to appeal the verdict in July.

But his legal troubles are just beginning: Weinstein has been charged with four similar sex crimes in Los Angeles County. He has not been arraigned nor has a trial been scheduled.

Weinstein is also under investigation for sex crimes in London, although police there have said nothing about the status of their inquiries.

And apart from that, he faces multiple civil lawsuits by dozens of accusers.

 

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