Harvey Weinstein’s genitals become a key piece of evidence in the rape trial

Harvey Weinstein’s genitals were frequently addressed in open court during his trial. But in the closing hours of the case, the former movie mogul’s abnormal testicles emerged as a key piece of evidence the jury must use to determine if he is guilty of rape and sexual assault.

During the trial, prosecutors told the jury that Weinstein underwent surgery in 1999 for Fournier’s gangrene, which required doctors to remove part of his scrotum. “That surgery left quite noticeable scarring… His testicles were actually removed from his scrotum and inserted into his inner thighs due to an infection,” the lead prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Paul Thompson, told the jury early in the trial.

Numerous women who have accused Weinstein of rape and sexual assault have testified about his genitals during the lengthy trial. In October, the jury was shown photos of Weinstein’s privates and looked through an envelope containing pictures in a private room in the courthouse. The public and the media did not have access to the photos.

Now that deliberations have begun, judgment on three counts, all involving Jane Doe #1, will be based largely on Weinstein’s genitals. (Weinstein faces a total of seven charges.)

Jane Doe #1, a European actress and model, has accused Weinstein of rape and sexual assault. She claims the incident happened in 2013 at the Mr. C Beverly Hills Hotel, where she was staying while attending the LA Italia Film Festival as a VIP guest.

The defense has said the rape and sexual assault never took place and alleges that she was never in a hotel room with Weinstein on the night of the alleged incident.

On Friday, prosecutors’ final rebuttal focused primarily on Jane Doe #1, whose allegations carry the most counts — and a key element of the prosecutor’s argument was that Jane Doe #1 would not have been able to plug Weinstein’s genitals describe if she had not been sexually assaulted by him.

During her testimony, Jane Doe #1 spoke at length about Weinstein’s testicles. On the witness stand, she tearfully told the jury that Weinstein made her “suck his balls” or forced her to perform oral sex on him. Repeating the graphic details, she said, “He made me do what he asked … I cried and gagged.” But during cross-examination, one of Weinstein’s attorneys, Alan Jackson, asked Jane Doe #1 how Weinstein’s “balls in your mouth” are when he has no testicles. “The reason you changed your story is because at some point you realized that Mr. Weinstein doesn’t have any testicles in his scrotum,” Jackson said during her three-day testimony to Jane Doe #1. She disagreed, saying she never changed her story and always told detectives that Weinstein had abnormal testicles. “I remember he didn’t have one,” she said. “It was like an empty skin.”

Thompson spoke to the jury on Friday. “You saw those photos… I’m sure if we asked you it would be hard to describe… It’s hard to describe unless you’re a medical professional.”

Thompson argued that while Jane Doe #1’s description might not have been entirely accurate, she would only receive information about Weinstein’s testicles if she had been sexually assaulted.

“Jane Doe #1 can describe Mr. Weinstein’s anatomy,” Thompson said. “She can do that because he attacked her. There is no other explanation for that.”

Jane Doe #1 isn’t the only woman who described Weinstein’s genitals during the trial.

Jane Doe #2, who testified that Weinstein groped and masturbated in front of her in 2013, said: “His penis was disgusting. It looked like it had been cut off and sewn back on, like there was something wrong with it.”

Jane Doe #4, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, said, “I just remember being shocked by everything.” The First Partner of California, who is married to Gov. Gavin Newsom, has accused Weinstein of raping her in 2005 when she was an aspiring actress and filmmaker. She described Weinstein’s body: “Lots of bruises, marks, yellow and green, lots of stretch marks on his stomach, not at all physically fit.” She said his penis was “kind of fishy” and described “something was distorted in the testicles… Lots of skin, lots of skin down there.”

Regarding Jane Doe #1, Weinstein’s attorneys say she was never in the hotel room because a fire alarm went off at the hotel around the time of the alleged attack, but Jane Doe #1 never heard the alarm. Prosecutors denied that it’s possible she didn’t hear the fire alarm in her room, or that the alarm could have gone off before she returned to the hotel that night after attending the film festival, where she briefly met Weinstein . During the defense’s closing arguments, Weinstein’s attorney, Jackson, claimed that Jane Doe #1 was actually in the hotel room of festival organizer Pascal Vicedomini, with whom Jackson alleged she had a sexual relationship.

In response to this allegation, Thompson brought up emails between Weinstein and Vicedomini as evidence for the jury. In an email, Vicedomini wrote to Weinstein, “You are my hero and my best friend in the business…I would always lie to please you.”

In addition, the prosecutor brought up other emails and documents between Weinstein and various associates and friends to demonstrate Weinstein’s close relationships and the power he held in social circles and professional spheres. An email between Weinstein and Giuseppe Cipriani, the owner of the Mr. C Hotel, showed Weinstein writing, “You guys have been great to me,” referring to the staff at the hotel where Jane Doe #1 claims she was raped. In another incident, Thompson noted that Weinstein’s former driver, who testified at the trial, admitted on the witness stand that Weinstein paid his attorney.

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/harvey-weinstein-abnormal-testicles-rape-trial-1235448425/ Harvey Weinstein’s genitals become a key piece of evidence in the rape trial

Charles Jones

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