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Weinstein Was an ‘Abusive Rapist’ Who ‘Spit on’ Women: Prosecutors

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Harvey Weinstein was “an abusive rapist” who believed he was the “master of his universe,” treating vulnerable young women who sought his professional help like “ants that he could step on without consequences,” prosecutors charged Friday during closing arguments at his watershed rape trial in Manhattan. 

“The universe is run by [Weinstein] so, therefore, they don’t get to complain when they’re stepped on, spit on, demoralized, and then, yes, raped and abused,” Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi declared in Manhattan Supreme Court. “He made sure he can contact the people he was worried about as a little check to make sure one day they wouldn’t walk out of the shadows and call him what he was: an abusive rapist.”

“But he also underestimated them,” she continued, stating this case is about “power, manipulation, and abuse.” 

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to five charges, including predatory sexual assault and first-degree rape, for the alleged sexual assault of Miriam Haleyi inside his SoHo apartment in 2006 and the alleged 2013 rape of Jessica Mann inside a New York hotel room.

With the aid of a PowerPoint, Illuzzi reiterated the crux of the prosecution’s argument: The Pulp Fiction producer used his power and prestige in the entertainment industry to prey on women for over three decades, promising to kickstart their careers in exchange for sex acts.

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