Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial was adjourned early Monday, after accuser Jessica Mann suffered a panic attack while being hammered by questions from the movie mogul’s lawyer.
The former aspiring actress broke down in tears on the stand, sobbing uncontrollably while she was grilled as to why she kept in contact with Weinstein even though he allegedly assaulted her on three occasions in 2013 into possibly early 2014.
During her testimony, Mann also admitted that she was ‘manipulative’ towards Weinstein and claimed that he introduced her to his daughter the day after he allegedly raped her.
Elsewhere, during her exhaustive questioning, she further described how she told the mogul he was the ‘best she ever had’ and faked an orgasm with him.
The hairdresser additionally described how Weinstein performed a ‘Golden Shower’ on her and that she was left in shock when he urinated on her.
Mann told the court that she gave the disgraced movie mogul her phone number five times and asked him if he would meet her mom – after she claims he raped her.
As she was being hammered on the witness stand, Weinstein appeared to fall asleep in court with his eyes closed and head nodding forward multiple times.
Key accuser Jessica Mann had a panic attack and broke down in court (above) on Monday after enduring long day of exhaustive and grueling questioning. She admitted she was ‘manipulative’ towards Harvey Weinstein and kept in contact with him after he allegedly assaulted her multiple times in 2013
Mann pictured above in the white ribbed sweater holding onto what appears to be a stress ball as she was ushered into a car following an exhaustive cross-examination on Monday
As she was being hammered on the witness stand, Weinstein appeared to fall asleep in court with his eyes closed and head nodding forward multiple times
Weinstein’s lawyers revealed Mann gave the movie mogul her phone number five times after he allegedly raped her. Defense lawyers tried to rip apart her testimony on Monday, leading the once aspiring actress to break down in sobs. Mann pictured above Friday entering court for her testimony
Her breakdown came after she was pummeled with questions all day by Weinstein’s attorney Donna Rotunno, who repeatedly asked if she had manipulated the producer and kept a relationship with him to accelerate her career and get invited to Hollywood parties.
The questioning was so intense the 34-year-old former aspiring actress looked confused and asked for a break around noon before breaking down.
Rotunno asked Mann: ‘With your requests to see him on a regular basis, you were manipulating Harvey Weinstein?’
Mann paused and said: ‘How I handled it and survived it I guess you can say manipulation.’
Mann described the movie mogul as her ‘abuser’ and their dynamic as one where she was obliged to ‘obey and jump.’
On Friday Mann broke down in tears and shared an explosive testimony in Manhattan criminal court alleging Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills in the spring of 2013 and raped her at the Doubletree hotel in Manhattan in March 2013, after injecting his penis with an erection-inducing drug.
Harvey Weinstein pictured leaving court on Monday as his sex-crimes trial has entered its fifth week. During Monday’s session Weinstein was seen apparently sleeping and nodding off as Mann was cross-examined
Weinstein attorney Donna Rotunno pictured leaving court after he pummeled Mann with intense questions on her relationship with the film producer
He allegedly assaulted her again eight months after the New York hotel attack at a Los Angeles hotel after she told him she had a boyfriend and wanted to end their relationship.
Mann admitted to having a twisted relationship with the mogul in which they had multiple consensual sexual encounters, including a threesome.
During Monday’s questioning Rotunno focused on Mann’s relationship with Weinstein and efforts to keep in contact with him to unravel her testimony, and often hit her with sarcastic and sharp comments.
Rotunno insinuated Mann kept in contact with Weinstein for things like tickets to the Oscars Party and invites to A-list Hollywood parties.
The 67-year-old denies the rape and sexual assault allegations against him and insists any sexual encounters were consensual. A conviction could put him behind bars for life. Pictured arriving to court on Monday
Mann pictured in court Monday in a cream-colored sweater being questioned by lawyer Donna Rotunno as Weinstein looks on
Mann ‘told Weinstein he was the best sex she ever had’ and meets his daughter
Rotunno quizzed Mann on her claim that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills in the spring of 2013.
‘You lied to Mr Weinstein when you said it was the best (sex) you ever had?’ Mann replied: ‘Yes.’
Rotunno said: ‘You lied to Mr Weinstein when you faked an orgasm?’ Mann said: ‘Yes.’
Mann was then questioned about a time Weinstein allegedly urinated on her, though she could not remember where or when the incident took place, but she did recall the details.
‘He asked me to come in the shower and asked: “Have you ever had a golden shower?” I said no,’ Mann said.
Rotunno asked: ‘Did you say no?’
Mann said: ‘I was in shock, it was gross. At this point I turned into the corner of the shower and looked away.’
Rotunno asked Mann to explain why she stayed in touch with Weinstein and she replied she ‘wanted him to believe I wasn’t a threat’.
Rotunno shot back: ‘Jessica, how are you a threat if Mr Weinstein is not reaching out to you and you are reaching out to him?’ Mann said that there were ‘other ways’ she felt him in her life.
Weinstein’s tough attorney asked why Mann ‘stuck around’ in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 even though she thought Weinstein was ‘grotesque and you didn’t want sexual interactions with him.’
Mann said she stayed in touch with ‘my abuser’ because it was the best way to keep the ‘temperature gauge’ between them at a normal level. She talked about Weinstein’s ‘unpredictable anger (which) would trigger more abuse on me’.
Mann looked downcast as attorney Donna Rotunno fired relentless questions and made at time sarcastic remarks casting doubt on Mann’s testimony
At one point during the cross examination Mann claimed that Weinstein seemed to make comments on helping her career. He said she would make a ‘good host’ on Good Morning America, the ABC breakfast show.
Rotunno then turned to the alleged rape at the Doubletree Hotel in Manhattan on March 18, 2013, the incident for which Weinstein is formally charged. She flew to New York from LA for a meeting with the mogul along with her friend Thomas, but went to his room alone.
‘Knowing what happened to you in multiple other hotel rooms, you thought the best place to go was up to the room?’ Rotunno charged.
Mann replied: ‘I thought the best place to go where at least where he would listen to me was somewhere in private.’
When asked, ‘You made the choice not to walk out the door and go up to the hotel room?’ Mann replied ‘It was a choice I felt I had to obey.’
Mann described her dynamic with the movie mogul as one where she was obliged to ‘obey and jump.’ She said it felt like Weinstein was pulling a ‘bait and switch’ and that Weinstein would demand ‘payment’ with sex.
Rotunno wondered out loud ‘payment for what?’ because Mann did not have any movies in the works.
Mann said: ‘He just wanted to use me.’ Rotunno asked: ‘And you let him?’ and Mann indicated she did.
That’s when Rotunno accused Mann of manipulation and she conceded it was ‘How I handled it and survived it, I guess you can say manipulation.’
A day after the alleged rape, Mann said she saw Weinstein in the lobby of the hotel and it was his birthday.
She said that ‘probably’ wished him a Happy Birthday and that he had brought his daughter Emma and wanted to have tea with her.
Mann said: ‘We talked about Lana Del Ray and he said maybe I’ll have her make a song for one of my movies. Emma talked to me. I was very pleasant and tried to pretend nothing was wrong.’
On Monday Weinstein’s lawyer Donna Rotunno (above) cast doubt on Mann’s testimony and focused on her continued contact with the movie mogul after the alleged assaults
The next day Weinstein and Mann exchanged emails in which he offered to get her a taxi to the airport in New York and then from Los Angeles airport to her home.
Rotunno attacked Mann for continuing to speak with Weinstein if he assaulted her. She told the jury that after Mann had ‘breakfast with your assaulter’ she asked him for a ride.
‘If all the people you could call, you call Harvey?’ Rotunno asked.
A week later on March 26, Mann emailed one of Weinstein’s assistants asking about the script for Vampire Academy.
The day after the rape she went to a movie premiere in Los Angeles for the film August: Osage County.
In August she e-mailed Weinstein and referenced seeing that film saying: ‘Hope some of your genius rubs off on me. My favourite movie is still this year’s August: Osage County…as always happy to see your smile…be so much easier if you lived in New York.’
Rotunno asked: ‘It’s the movie you went to see the day after you claim you were assaulted in a New York hotel?’
Mann said: ‘Yes.’
Rotunno asked: ‘Did you consider that email manipulative?’
Mann said: ‘I think I see what you’re saying so there was an aspect again (of manipulation).’
Mann and Weinstein exchanged ‘positive’ e-mails for five years – including the year he allegedly assaulted her
Rotunno discussed e-mails sent between Mann and Weinstein and how interactions on both sides appeared ‘positive’.
She said in some emails Weinstein said he was ‘proud’ of Mann and that she ‘deserves things that are coming her way’. In others Weinstein told Mann she was ‘beautiful’ and that she had given him the ‘best haircut I’ve ever had’.
In five years of email correspondence there was not one email where Weinstein was ‘pushy in way way’, Rotunno said. But Mann claimed that she could ‘read between the lines’ of his tone.
Rotunno pointed out Mann e-mailed Weinstein in April 2013, just one month after Weinstein allegedly raped her at the Doubletree Hotel in Manhattan.
In 2013 alone – the year Mann said he forcibly performed oral sex on her, raped her in March and raped her again late in the year or in early 2014 – all their communications throughout were warm.
‘You knew that your words were a problem in your testimony. You sent him emails telling him how wonderful he was. You sent him emails thanking him. You sent him emails asking for things,’ Rotunno told Mann.
Rotunno asked: ‘You manipulated Mr. Weinstein every single time, isn’t that correct?’
Mann paused and then said: ‘I guess there is an aspect of how I needed to protect myself that you could say was manipulative.’
Rotunno fired back: ‘You made him think that you wanted to be there. You could have walked away from Harvey Weinstein and never seen him again.’
Mann (pictured left on Friday) said Weinstein once told her she reminded him of his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman (pictured together, right, in May 2017) because both women were ‘clumsy’
In an exchange in August that year they talked about having dinner with the owner of the New York Knicks.
Mann wrote: ‘I was hoping for some time privately with you to share the direction I’m going in life and to catch up, it’s been a while.’
Weinstein replied: ‘Happy to see you, want to see you….you and I will get dessert, ice cream.’
On August 2 Mann emailed him to say she had a new phone number.
She wrote: ‘Dear Harv, I got a new number, just wanted you to have it. Call me anytime, always good to hear your voice.’
On September 11 2013 Mann wrote to Weinstein telling her about some comments a photographer had made about him that were ‘beautiful’.
Mann recalled how the photographer said that Weinstein had ‘set the bar with every project in the industry and this is now the standard’ and how he was a ‘master storyteller’.
Mann wrote: ‘This made me smile because I know this is true. You are the bar, miss you big guy.’
Rotunno asked: ‘That’s how you saw Harvey Weinstein? That’s how you felt about him?’
Mann said: ‘How I felt about him? There’s a backstory to my feelings, there’s truth in the fact he did master storytelling. I wanted him to know this conversation I had with someone and I was speaking politely about him.’
On the question of why Mann gave Weinstein her phone number, Rotunno asked: ‘On at least five occasions you changed your phone number between 2013 and 2017 and each time you sent him your new number?’
Mann said: ‘There was a reason’.
Rotunno said: ‘The reason is that you still wanted the benefit of what he was giving you?’
Mann said: ‘That’s your version.’
Rotunno claimed in response that Mann ‘still wanted to go to every Oscars Party every year.’
Mann said that she flattered Weinstein in e-mails because she was afraid of him and wanted to appear non-threatening.
In an e-mail sent on July 26, 2014 Mann asked Weinstein to meet her mother.
Mann wrote: ‘Hi…Just had you cross my mind thought I’d say hello.’
Weinstein replied: ‘Love to cross your mind, it’s my favorite exercise.’
She then asked him to meet her mother saying, ‘She would love to meet you plus you can see how good my genes are.’
Asked about it in court and Mann said that she only did it because her mother was ‘pressuring me really hard’ to meet Weinstein.
In an e-mail on November 12, 2013 Mann sent Weinstein a message explaining she was dating somebody, saying, ‘I don’t want to feel this way because it will make you push away.’
Mann said to Weinstein that ‘I know you have watched me grow’ and thanked him for his ‘unfailing support and kindness’.
On January 5 2014 Mann cut Weinstein’s hair at the Peninsula Hotel in Los Angeles.
Afterwards Weinstein emailed her: ‘Dear Jessica that’s the best haircut I’ve ever gotten. You’re the one who makes it look good with your smile’.
When asked why she stayed in touch, Mann said, ‘I did it to protect myself.’
‘There was a reason my behavior was like this. It’s just keeping him happy. I felt safe on e-mail,’ she said.
Mann admitted that she was ‘confused’ about what she said in the past, leading Rotunno to say, ‘You’re confused a lot Ms. Mann.’ Around noon Mann asked for a break saying, ‘I’m getting a little foggy.’
Rotunno also noted the producer helped land her a job with celebrity hairstylist Frederick Fakkai by writing a glowing recommendation, praising her as ‘brilliant, looks like Natalie Portman. She’s a real knockout and sweet to boot.’
In her testimony Mann claimed that Weinstein got her a job as a hairstylist with Fakkai ‘against my will.’
An incredulous Rotunno asked her to explain and Mann said: ‘I didn’t want him to but he did.’
Fakkai was also friends with Jeffrey Epstein and several numbers of his appeared in the pedophile’s black book of personal contacts.
In her testimony Mann claimed that Weinstein got her a job as a hairstylist with celebrity Frederick Fakkai ‘against my will.’ Fakkai was also friends with Jeffrey Epstein and several numbers of his appeared in the pedophile’s black book of personal contacts. Fakkai pictured left with Weinstein in 2012 and right with Epstein’s confidante Ghislaine Maxwell at the Maid in Manhattan premiere in 2002
Weinstein and Mann did at times have consensual sex
Rontunno pressed Mann on the sexual nature of her relationship with Weinstein.
Mann said consensual sex with Weinstein only happened after ‘a long negotiation’ and even then ‘I wasn’t happy to do it.’
She said she wanted to negotiate Weinstein away from penetrative sex. Mann said that sometimes he would just ‘masturbate while holding me’ as a compromise.
Mann also revealed that Weinstein wanted to film her during sex and that she role played with him about having sex because she didn’t think he could actually do it.
‘You told us that you were willing to sleep with Harvey Weinstein because you didn’t want him to ruin your acting career, is that correct?’ Rotunno asked.
‘I did not want him to hurt my acting career,’ Mann replied.
‘You didn’t have a career to hurt,’ Rotunno said. ‘I was building one,’ Mann replied.
Mann once told Weinstein ‘I love you but I hate feeling like a booty call’, four years after he supposedly raped her, it was revealed Friday.
She claimed she maintained a relationship with him because ‘his ego was so fragile’. She added it ‘made me feel safe, worshiping him in this sense. … I wanted to be perceived as innocent and naive.’
Mann’s allegations against Weinstein, along with a former production assistant named Mimi Haleyi, are behind the five felony charges he faces. He faces three sex crime charges for alleged sexual assault encounters with Mann. The two other charges stem from Haleyi’s allegations that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her at his Soho apartment in 2006.
The 67-year-old denies the allegations and insists any sexual encounters were consensual. A conviction could put him behind bars for life.
Mann breaks down as she reveals she was assaulted when she was younger
After the afternoon break, Mann read out a highly personal May 2014 e-mail written to her former boyfriend Edie in which she revealed she was sexually assaulted when she was younger and disclosed her relationship with Weinstein for the first time.
In that letter she said she made Weinstein into a ‘pseudo father’. She said she admired him because he ‘validated’ her Hollywood dreams and ‘encouraged’ her to pursue acting.
The letter said her father was ‘the kind of man who dated younger women’ and she realized she had ‘become that kind of woman’.
‘Harvey was my father’s age and he gave me all the validation I needed. I think he liked me because in a way he couldn’t get me, and I didn’t take from him. I didn’t have an agenda other than my own wounds, playing out subconsciously,’ she wrote in that e-mail.
She choked on tears upon reading the part about the assault before the jury.
‘I remember the day I realized I was controlling my world because I was sexually assaulted and that story played out where I played into sexual dynamics with people to feel like I would never be taken advantage of again,’ she read.
Rotunno asked: ‘This sexual assault is when you were younger, right?’
Mann couldn’t muster the words to answer and instead her sobs got louder to the point that she was hysterical. The court took a 10 minute break but as Mann came back in she was still sobbing.
As she sat in the witness box Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzi approached Mann and tried to calm her down, telling her: ‘Take a deep breath.’
Seconds later Illuzi said: ‘We’re going to take a break’ and Judge James Burke ended proceedings for the day at 3.50pm, 40 minutes ahead of time.
As she walked out Mann stumbled out a side door with her hand on chest and was hyperventilating. Wailing could be heard coming through the wall leading to the side door of the courtroom.
Mann’s rape allegation which led to criminal charges being laid against Weinstein stemmed from a trip to New York in March 2013. On the witness stand on Friday, she described Weinstein checking in to a hotel where they were meant to have a breakfast meeting before he called her up to the room
Jessica Mann claimed Weinstein raped her twice in 2013 and appeared to have ‘deformed’ genitals
In Mann’s bombshell, sexually-explicit testimony on Friday she said she thought Weinstein was ‘physically deformed or intersex’ when she saw him naked for the first time. She said he does not have testicle and his penis ‘looks like a vagina’.
‘When I first saw him, I was filled with compassion, absolute compassion,’ she said, adding, ‘It seemed his anger came from a place of pain.’
She cried as she described growing up on a dairy farm in rural Washington state to a religious family in a community she described as a ‘cult, it was extremely religious Pentecostal evangelist.’
She said her parents divorced when she was four and she left home at 16. She moved to Los Angeles at 25 to pursue an acting career.
Mann met Weinstein at the engagement party for Michael Lambert in the Hollywood Hills around the end of 2012 or early 2013 as he was talking to a friend of hers. That night he filed her head with promises of a potential acting career.
Soon after that he invited her to a hotel suite and allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on her.
After that incident she said, ‘I entered into what I thought was going to be a real relationship with him and it was extremely degrading from that point on.’
She said she did not have intercourse with Weinstein until he raped her at a hotel in Manhattan in 2013.
Eight months later he allegedly raped her at a Los Angeles hotel after she said she was dating a well-known actor. He dragged her into bedroom, forced her pants down, pushed her legs apart and raped her.
Weinstein is only facing criminal charges over the alleged 2013 rape in New York.
The prosecution is expected to wrap up its case against Weinstein by calling a final, sixth accuser to testify on Monday.
What’s happened in the trial so far
So far five accusers have testified against Weinstein.
On Monday January 27 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 as a production assistant on the show Project Runway, allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on her while she was on her period at his New York City apartment in July 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.
Haleyi (in cream trench coat) worked for Project Runway, a reality show Weinstein produced. Pictured in court on Monday
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.
On Tuesday January 28 Haleyi’s roommate in 2006, Elizabeth Entin, testified to corroborate her claims. Entin said on one occasion Weinstein barged into their home to demand Haleyi go to Paris with him but got scared by her pet Chihuahua Peanut.
On Wednesday January 29 Tarale Wulff and Dawn Dunning, both so-called ‘Molineux’ witnesses, testified to demonstrate Weinstein’s ‘prior bad acts’ and pattern of pattern behavior. Weinstein’s charges do not stem from their accounts.
Tarale Wulff testified that Weinstein masturbated in front of her while she was working as a cocktail waitress at the upscale New York club Cipriani and raped her at his New York City apartment in 2005 after calling her in for an audition saying ‘Don’t worry, I’ve had a vasectomy’.
Dawn Dunning, who also met the movie mogul when trying to become an actress, said that Weinstein put his hand up her skirt during a business meeting at his hotel suite in 2004 and he offered her movie roles in exchange for a threesome, claiming, ‘This is how the industry works!’
On Thursday January 30 four supporting witnesses testified to corroborate earlier claims.
On Friday January 31 key accuser Jessica Mann testified how Weinstein allegedly raped her in a New York hotel room in 2013 after injecting himself with an erection-inducing drug. She said his genitalia was ‘deformed’ and he had no testicles. Despite being allegedly assaulted several times by Weinstein, she maintained contact with him
Last week Annabella 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.
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’
Annabella Sciorra cried as she took the stand in Harvey Weinstein’s New York trial last week to tell how he allegedly raped her in 1993 or 1994. She appeared in The Sopranos as Tony Soprano’s mistress (right)
Who are Weinstein’s accusers who have or will testify?
Actress Annabella Sciorra testified two weeks ago against Weinstein, claiming he raped her in her New York City apartment in 1993.
Former production assistant Mimi Haleyi testified on January 27 and claimed Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her inside his apartment in 2006.
Jessica Mann testified Friday on how the movie mogul allegedly raped her in a Midtown Manhattan hotel in 2013.
Costume designer Dawn Dunning testified Wednesday January 29 that 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 testified Wednesday January 29 that 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 in 2005.
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.
The trial started on January 6 and could last until early March.