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Defense Rests Without Weinstein Testifying at Rape Trial

Defense Rests Without Weinstein Testifying at Rape Trial Photo: ZUMA/MGN

MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS Associated Press
Created: February 11, 2020 11:07 AM

NEW YORK (AP) - The defense has rested its case in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial. His lawyers relied on just a few witnesses to supplement aggressive cross-examination aimed at undercutting his accusers all while keeping the disgraced Hollywood producer off the witness stand.

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It was expected that Weinstein wouldn't take the stand to avoid giving prosecutors the opportunity to grill him on cross-examination about disturbing allegations that six of his accusers detailed for a Manhattan jury of seven men and five women.

The 67-year-old Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex in 2006 on a different woman.

Weinstein has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual.

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MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS Associated Press

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