Harvey Weinstein trial: Jane Doe’s daughter testifies about witnessing mother’s meeting with Weinstein

When Jane Doe took first place last week in the Harvey Weinstein rape trial in Los Angeles, she testified that she had to report her assault when her teenage daughter persuaded her to speak up.

Jane Doe #1 – who was the first witness in the sprawling trial – alleged that Weinstein forced her to have oral sex with him and then raped her in 2013 when she was visiting Los Angeles on a business trip for the Los Angeles Italy Film Festival. Jane Doe #1 is a European model and actress who was based in Italy at the time she allegedly assaulted Weinstein. During her testimony, she said Weinstein, who was basically a stranger at the time of the 2013 incident, showed up to her hotel room without warning, made his way into her room and then sexually assaulted her. “He forced me to do what he was asked,” she testified. “I was crying.”

During her emotional three-day testimonial, Jane Doe #1 said that when she returned at the same film festival a few years later in 2017, she spotted Weinstein at an event. She brought her then-teen-year-old daughter to accompany her to Los Angeles for the festival, and her daughter noticed her mother’s behavior suddenly changing when Weinstein was around. Knowing nothing about her mother’s alleged assault, she did not put the pieces together, but later Jane Doe No. 1 told her daughter that she had been sexually assaulted in the past.

Another layer of the story is that Jane Doe’s daughter #1 was also sexually assaulted at school. When the daughter told her mother what happened to her, Jane Doe #1 admitted that she was raped too, so she could understand what her daughter was going through. The mother and daughter have had a common trauma, and have agreed with each other that they will report their separate incident to the police.

Approximately a week after Jane Doe’s No. 1 testimony, her daughter — identified by the court as “Maria C.” In order to protect her identity – she was summoned by the prosecution to confirm her mother’s account.

Suddenly, during the conversation, my mother became very nervous, and noticed that she was only beginning to look in one direction from the room. After a few moments she kept saying “Let’s go upstairs” to the dinner place. Maria testified as she recalled the night she met her mother Weinstein at the Los Fest Los Italy Film Festival in 2017: “Let’s go, let’s go.” She said she noticed that in the direction her mother was staring at “there was this guy sitting and staring. straight to my mom and me without raising his gaze.” She confirmed that the man was Weinstein, and at the time she had no idea who he was.

Maria shared that Weinstein approached the table she was sitting at with her mother at a dinner party. “I noticed again that my mother seemed very nervous, but this time she did not want to leave. This time it was fear,” she said. “I froze, froze at the moment… and just looked at an empty space.”

When asked by the attorney general, Deputy DA Paul Thompson, why this moment was kept in her mind, Maria said, “I remember this event especially well because in the same year at the beginning of fall I was told by my mother that she had been raped by this man.”

The conversation in which Jane Doe tells her daughter that she was raped took place a few months after they met Weinstein at the Italy Festival in 2017. Maria said that her mother did not reveal the identity of her alleged perpetrator to her daughter at first, but later, she eventually told her daughter that it was Weinstein. .

“I was told who the man who raped her was at the beginning of the first few articles of the #MeToo movement,” Maria told the jury. She said when her mother revealed that he was Weinstein, she Googled him and when she saw his picture online, she realized he was the man her mother had spotted and she seemed to dread at the festival.

When Maria was questioned by Weinstein’s attorney, Alan Jackson, he urged on her timeline of events, asking if she had changed details from her initial interviews with case investigators in 2018, such as how long Weinstein stared at her mother, and how she had learned that Weinstein She was staring at her mother and when her mother revealed that Weinstein was her attacker. “Your story is changing,” Jackson said. “That’s not what I said in 2018.”

“My testimony is the truth,” Maria said on the podium. “I never changed my story.”

Jackson asked Maria to report her sexual assault to the police in September 2017 and wondered why her mother didn’t speak to authorities about her alleged rape at the same time when they were at the police station. (Maria reported her incident before the #MeToo movement exploded with Weinstein shows in October 2017, but her mother didn’t report the incident until shortly after those articles were published.)

“I only had the courage to speak up because my mother promised me” that she would go to the police about her alleged assault, Maria said, sobbing, which she eventually did in October 2017, about four and a half years after Weinstein allegedly raped her.

“It’s safe to say that you are very close,” Jackson asked Maria about her relationship with her mother. “Do you like her very much?” Weinstein’s lawyer asked.

“Are you going to do anything for her?” Jackson asked Maria, who answered “yes” before her degree was over.

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