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Harvey Weinstein rape trial continues with secondary witnesses testifying

Harvey Weinstein arrived to court grinning ear to ear as he arrived to his high-profile rape trial clutching onto his walker, as three more accusers are expected to testify against him by the end of the week. 

On Tuesday secondary witnesses will take the witness stand to testify about records related to the investigation of Weinstein. 

The rest of the week could see two women, known as ‘Molineux’ witnesses, testify about alleged ‘prior bad acts’ by the movie producer. Key witness Jessica Mann who claims Weinstein raped her at a New York hotel in 2013, is also expected to testify.

The 67-year-old film producer appeared to be in good spirits as the rape trial stretches into its second week at the State Supreme Court in Manhattan. He stands accused of five felony counts including rape and predatory sexual assault.

A final Molineux witness will testify next Monday, completing the bulk of a prosecution case that began last Wednesday. 

So far two accusers, former Project Runway production assistant Mimi Haleyi and Soprano’s actress Annabella Sciorra, have testified against Weinstein.  

Harvey Weinstein, 67, clutched onto his walker as he arrived to Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday for his rape trial

Harvey Weinstein, 67, clutched onto his walker as he arrived to Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday for his rape trial

The disgraced movie mogul flashed a smile as he walked into court with his legal team on Tuesday

The disgraced movie mogul flashed a smile as he walked into court with his legal team on Tuesday

On Tuesday secondary witnesses will take the stand as the trial, where the 67-year-old film producer is accused of five felony counts including rape and predatory sexual assault, stretches into its second week

On Tuesday secondary witnesses will take the stand as the trial, where the 67-year-old film producer is accused of five felony counts including rape and predatory sexual assault, stretches into its second week 

On Monday former Haleyi, whose allegations are at the heart of the Weinstein case, broke down in tears as she recounted how the film honcho, who got her a job at Project Runway, allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on her while she was on her period at his New York City apartment in 2006. She also claimed he raped her at a TriBeCa hotel two weeks afterwards.

‘I did reject him, but he insisted. Every time I tried to get off the bed, he would push me back and hold me down,’ Haleyi, 42, said choking on tears. 

‘I was crying no, no. I told him I’m on my period. It was as if he didn’t believe me. I said something like where is it then? He literally pulled my tampon out,’ she added. 

She underwent an intense cross-examination where Weinstein’s attorney Damon Cheronis claimed she had a consensual relationship with Weinstein and zeroed in on her continued contact with the producer even after the alleged assaults, showing e-mails and notes in her diary. 

Haleyi, who worked for Project Runway - a reality show which Weinstein produced, pictured arriving to court on Monday

Haleyi, who worked for Project Runway – a reality show which Weinstein produced, pictured arriving to court on Monday

Weinstein looked tired as he left his sexual assault trial Monday evening after Haleyi underwent an intense cross-examination

Weinstein looked tired as he left his sexual assault trial Monday evening after Haleyi underwent an intense cross-examination

She broke down in tears as she recounted the alleged rape saying: 'I was crying no, no. I told him I’m on my period. It was as if he didn’t believe me. I said something like where is it then? He literally pulled my tampon out'

She broke down in tears as she recounted the alleged rape saying: ‘I was crying no, no. I told him I’m on my period. It was as if he didn’t believe me. I said something like where is it then? He literally pulled my tampon out’

Weinstein’s charges stem from Haleyi’s allegations and those of another woman claimed Weinstein raped her in a New York City hotel in 2013. 

He has pleaded not guilty to those charges and maintains that those interactions were consensual.  

So far two women have testified against Weinstein – Haleyi and Soprano’s actress Annabella Sciorra.

Last week Sciorra testified that Weinstein forced his way into her Manhattan apartment one winter night in 1993 or 1994 and violently raped her. 

In total six women are expected to testify against the producer, while more than 90 women have accused the Miramax founder of sexual misconduct, harassment, rape, and unwanted touching.

Who are Weinstein’s accusers set to testify in court

  One is actress Annabella Sciorra who claims Weinstein raped her in her New York City apartment in 1993. 

A second is Mimi Haleyi, who claims Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her inside his apartment in 2006. 

A third accuser, Jessica Mann, claims the movie mogul of raped her in a Midtown Manhattan hotel in 2013. 

Costume designer Dawn Dunning claims Weinstein sexually harassed her and tried to pressure her into having a three-way with him and his assistant when she was 24 at a Manhattan hotel in 2004.   

Aspiring actress Tarale Wulff claims Weinstein masturbated in front of her as she was working as a cocktail waitress at Cipriani Upstairs in Manhattan and he later assaulted her in his bedroom.  

A sixth woman, Lauren Young, claims he groped her in a hotel, masturbated and ejaculated onto a bathroom floor in February 2012 at a dinner event during Oscar season when she was 22.  

In addition to these six accusers the judge is allowing four other women to testify to establish a pattern of behavior, even though most of their allegations are too old to prosecute as crimes according to state law.  

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