The former film producer Harvey Weinstein apparently tried to spy on women who could accuse him of sexual misconduct. Weinstein put a private investigator on the women in 2017, as the prosecutor and the investigator himself said on Friday in the trial of the ex-Hollywood mogul in New York.
Accordingly, in August 2017 – two months before the allegations of sexual assault against the 67-year-old became known – Weinstein sent a list of dozen names to the private investigator Sam Anson. Weinstein suspected the women of talking to journalists about his behavior. The names of women who seemed particularly important to Weinstein were highlighted in red. The list included actresses Rose McGowan and Annabella Sciorra.
Worry about negative reports
Anson also called Weinstein on the phone. "He said there was concern that articles would be written about him that would negatively affect his sexual behavior," Anson said. Ultimately, he did not carry out the order. He did not know whether another investigator had taken over the case.
The SopranosActress Sciorras, one of the prime witnesses in the trial, had repeated her rape allegations to the court the previous day. Sciorra's allegations are statute-barred, but the prosecutor nevertheless invited her as a witness to prove the suspect's behavior pattern of alleged sexual offenses. The actress Rosie Perez, who was admitted against the will of the defense by judge James Burke as a witness, has now supported the statements of her colleague from the previous day. Sciorra told her in the mid-1990s that Weinstein had raped her. But she couldn't go to the police because "he would destroy me," Sciorra said at the time.
The 67-year-old Weinstein was one of the most influential producers in Hollywood. after the New York Times and the new Yorker In October 2017, for the first time reported allegations of abuse against the founder of the Miramax film studio, numerous women quickly reported that they accused him of harassment, assault and rape. In total, more than 80 women have accused him of sexual assault in the past few years, triggering the worldwide #MeToo movement.
However, this process is only about the allegations of two women: Weinstein is accused of having forced oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raping actress Jessica Mann in 2013. Many of the other alleged acts did not take place in new York instead or too long ago to be negotiated.
Weinstein rejects all allegations and speaks of consensual sex. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment. The process is expected to continue until early March.