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02.12.2022 - 05:39 / deadline.com
“Regret is not the same thing as rape, and it’s important we make that distinction in this courtroom,” Harvey Weinstein’s defense attorney Alan Jackson said Thursday of Jennifer Siebel Newsom during his closing argument in the much-accused Weinstein’s Los Angeles sex crime trial.
Calling Weinstein’s alleged 2005 assault of Newsom in Beverly Hills’ Peninsula Hotel “consensual, transactional sex” between an ambitious filmmaker-actress and a powerful producer, Jackson further mocked Newsom, aka Jane Doe #4, in language that seemed to intentionally alienate any notion of empathy, saying, “Jane Doe #4 cannot square in her mind the idea that she’s a successful, well educated, well-bred refined woman who had consensual sex with Harvey Weinstein in exchange for opportunity and access.”
First revealing a long-ago encounter with Weinstein just days after the New York Times dropped its detailed exposé about the Oscar winner in late 2017, Newsom, who did not marry then-San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom until 2008, has always maintained that she was attacked against her will by the producer 17 years ago.
“I could tell he just needed, he was so determined, just so scary, just all about him and his pleasure, his need for satisfaction, so I just did it to make it stop,” she said in emotional testimony November 14.
Coming near the end of Jackson’s piercing closing argument today, that potentially pivotal testimony was slashed at over and over by the attorney in an effort to raise reasonable doubt for his client in the L.A. criminal trial. With Weinstein not taking the stand, Newsom’s testimony was seen by both prosecution and the defense as one of the most important of the trial, if not the most important, sources say.
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The L.A. jury that on Monday convicted Harvey Weinstein of three out of seven felony counts in his rape trial on Tuesday resumed deliberations on aggravating factors that could lengthen the disgraced mogul’s prison sentence.The jury is weighing whether Weinstein carried out the rape of Jane Doe 1 with planning, sophistication or professionalism, and whether Jane Doe 1 was particularly vulnerable.
Harvey Weinstein is a “serial predator” and rapist said Jennifer Siebel Newsom today after a Los Angeles jury was unable to come to a unanimous verdict on the much-accused producer’s guilt in allegedly attacking her back in 2005.
(Updated with LA County DA statement) Harvey Weinstein has been found partially guilty of multiple sex crimes today by a Los Angeles jury.
Hollywood Commission chairperson Anita Hill responded today to the conviction of Harvey Weinstein on three sex crime charges by a Los Angeles jury that could mean a sentence of 18 to 24 years behind bars for the Oscar-winning producer. Many of Weinstein’s accusers have said they were lured to hotel-room meetings that they thought were business-related, but turned out to be predicates for assault.
Harvey Weinstein was found guilty on three charges of rape and assault after his second sexual assault trial, a jury determined on Monday, December 19.
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In She Said, Maria Schrader’s telling of the Harvey Weinstein take-down by New York Times journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, we see the birth of a historic moment: The turning of #MeToo from a movement into an unstoppable train of change. Based on Kantor and Twohey’s book, and from a screenplay by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, the reporters painstakingly gather evidence from silenced survivors, many of whom consulted on, and in some cases starred in, the film. For Zoe Kazan, alongside Carey Mulligan as Twohey, playing Kantor meant understanding her humanity, the practical nuts and bolts of reporting life, and the weight of what it is to bring others’ devastating personal truths to light. In conversation with Antonia Blyth, Kazan and Kantor discuss the portrayal of women at work to change the world.
Princess Beatrice breaks silence in five-word response to Mike Tindall"But, in that audition and in Good Will Hunting, I was undeniably really good and all those other people knew that, the producer that wasn't Harvey, the actual producer of the film this guy Chris Moore and Matt, Ben and Gus, they knew I was good."With this, Minnie said they advocated for her to be in the movie, adding Harvey "didn't want to fight that fight"."I never liked him because he was a revolting marginalizer of women," she added on Elizabeth Day's How To Fail podcast."He fit them into such a narrow bin, he was just revolting, that was revolting."I saw enough girls on his lap to be grateful that that wasn't me but I definitely, not suffered, but had an experience at you know his hands that made me feel, like I had felt a million times before, that I was a piece of s**t and not worth it and of course I wasn't going to get the part."But then on the other side, I'm going to get this no matter... this big fat producer doesn't want me to do it, but I'm going to do it anyway and I did."A spokesman for Harvey told Express.co.uk: "Anyone who claims Harvey controlled careers should look at this."It is true that Harvey advocated heavily for Ashley Judd in early 1997. Eamonn Holmes breaks silence after 'recent health and personal' woes [LATEST]Anton Du Beke details wife Hannah’s brutal criticism of Strictly [REVEALED]Shane MacGowan's wife says The Pogues frontman's in hospital [HEALTH UPDATE]He was beginning the process of casting 'Good Will Hunting' and Ashley was his top pick for the role of Skylar."He flew her to New York for a second audition and meeting with Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant."It was clear it was between Ashley and Minnie Driver.
Harvey Weinstein’s fate is now in the hands of the jury.
“In 2005, who would have thought that the most powerful man in Hollywood was a closet rapist?” LA County Deputy District Attorney Marlene Martinez asked jurors today in Harvey Weinstein’s West Coast rape trial. “Who could blame her for thinking that she could handle herself,” the prosecutor queried over now California First Partner and trial Jane Doe #4 Jennifer Siebel Newsom in her closing argument.
The jury in Danny Masterson’s rape trial has resumed deliberations with two new members after a pair of positive Covid tests among the panel this morning.
Tom McCarthy is a very clever writer who has succeeded in drawing audiences to a difficult genre: thrillers about newspapers. He won an Original Screenplay Oscar for Spotlight, made in 2015, was a riveting movie about how the Boston Globe exposed a cover-up involving a defrocked priest. His new ABC series Alaska Daily focuses on a hot New York journalist (Hilary Swank) who is exiled into covering crime in Anchorage.
Today’s launch of Harvey Weinstein exposé movie She Said has given a shot in the arm to a UK campaign to stop the misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).
Runaway film and TV productions that applied for California tax credits from 2020 to 2022 but were “ultimately denied due to lack of available funds” ended up spending nearly $1 billion in production costs outside the state. That’s according to the latest report from the California Film Commission, which makes a compelling case for greater funding of the state’s tax incentives program.
Carey Mulligan looked every bit the timeless beauty as she stepped onto the red carpet at the 13th annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night.The Academy Award nominee, 37, strutted her stuff in a black floor-length gown with sparkly chainlink-style straps.The glitzy details continued along the bust and around the back of the dress. Timeless: Carey Mulligan looked every bit the timeless beauty as she stepped onto the red carpet at the 13th annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday nightMulligan's cropped golden blonde hair was parted down the middle with a bend to each strand for volume.Her makeup was kept minimal with just a swipe of shimmery rose gold shadow across her lids and a muted pink lipstick.
She Said tells the heroic story of the New York Times journalists that brought the #MeToo movement to the forefront by exposing Harvey Weinstein and the system that enabled him to thrive as a sexual predator. The film, which opened in theaters this weekend, stars Zoe Kazan as Jodi Kantor and Carey Mulligan as Megan Twohey, the Woodward and Bernstein of the 21st century.
Quentin Tarantino made nine films with Harvey Weinstein. Looking back, he claims he didn’t get the entire picture of his wrongdoings.
Danny Masterson will not discover his fate on three counts of forcible rape until after Thanksgiving.
EXCLUSIVE: Searchlight’s absurdist genre comedy The Menu got off to a promising start with $1M+ in Thursday night previews, we hear. That number is up there with recent comps such as Barbarian, which did $850K on its Thursday night before a $10.5M opening, and The Northman, another Anya Taylor-Joy movie, which posted $1.35M before a $12.2M start.