The women at the center of the Harvey Weinstein rape trial in LA

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors called 44 witnesses to defend their case against Harvey Weinstein, but a jury’s decision at his Los Angeles trial will depend largely on the testimony of four: the women he’s accused of rape or assault against, all simply known as “Jane Doe” in court.

Four other women also testified as part of prosecutors’ effort to establish a pattern of sexual predation by the former movie magnate, who has pleaded not guilty. The Associated Press does not name people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly or agree to be named through their lawyers, such as the women mentioned or partially mentioned here.

As the jury deliberates after the month-long trial, here’s a look at the eight women and their stories:

THE JANE DOES

JANE DOE 1: The Russian-born, Italy-based model and actor was the first witness to the trial. She testified that while in Los Angeles for an Italian film festival, Weinstein arrived uninvited in her hotel room in February 2013 and raped her. The attack led to mental anguish and abuse of alcohol, she said.

“I was destroying myself,” she testified as she fought back tears. “I felt very guilty. Especially because I opened that door.”

Weinstein’s lawyers argued that there is no conclusive evidence that he was ever at the hotel.

LAUREN YOUNG: Young, known as Jane Doe 2 in court, is Weinstein’s only accuser to have told her story at trials in both Los Angeles and New York, where he received a 23-year prison sentence. Young, a model then looking into acting and screenwriting, claims that while meeting with Weinstein about a script, he locked her in the bathroom of his Beverly Hills hotel, groped her, and masturbated to her while she was paralyzed with fear. It was the day after the alleged rape of Jane Doe 1 in 2013.

“I was afraid of Harvey Weinstein — that he would hurt me, or send someone to hurt me, or ruin my career, or make my life hell,” Young testified.

Weinstein’s lawyers denied the meeting took place and said there was no evidence she was forced to stay in the room.

JANE DOE 3: Hired by Weinstein to give him a massage in May 2010, she, like Young, testified that Weinstein locked her in a hotel bathroom, groped her, and masturbated in front of her. She expressed embarrassment and disgust that she agreed to see and work on Weinstein again afterwards, a common thread among several witnesses that the defense focused on during cross-examination.

“That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to come forward,” she said, “because this is embarrassing.”

JENNIFER SIEBEL NEWSOM: The most anticipated testimony at the trial was also the most dramatic. Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, known in court as Jane Doe, gave an intensely emotional account of what she described as a September 2005 rape by Weinstein at a Beverly Hills hotel in what was believed to be became to be. a meeting about the acting career she pursued. During her testimony, she sometimes nearly cried out through tears as the audience sat stunned.

“He knows this isn’t normal!” she cried as she described the attack. “He knows this isn’t permission!”

Weinstein’s lawyers say it was consensual sex that she later renamed rape, citing friendly emails and a meeting in subsequent years.

THE OTHER Accusers

KELLY SIPHERD: Her story spanned 17 years: Sipherd testified that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in a hotel room at the Toronto Film Festival when she was an aspiring actress in 1991, then did it again when she went to confront him at the same hotel on the the same festival in 2008. Weinstein’s lawyers suggested that her behavior after each alleged assault, including accepting an audition invitation after the first and a party invitation after the second, was evidence that neither had happened.

AMBRA BATTILANA GUTIERREZ: Gutierrez, an Italian and Filipino model, reported to authorities in 2015 that Weinstein touched her breast at a rally in New York. She became a major media figure in the #MeToo explosion two years later, when The New Yorker reported that Weinstein paid her $1 million to silence her. Prosecutors declined to charge Weinstein, a decision that later sparked criticism and an official review. Gutierrez testified about the encounter and its aftermath, and a recording of Weinstein secretly made at the request of the New York Police Department was played to the Los Angeles jury. Weinstein’s lawyers maintain that her accusation does not constitute sexual assault.

NATASSIA MALTHE: Malthe, a Norwegian model, said in testimony echoing Jane Doe 1’s story that Weinstein showed up uninvited at her hotel room door in London and raped her after the 2008 British Academy Film Awards. , Weinstein’s lawyers argued that changes to her story from previous accounts, further association with Weinstein after the incident, and what they described as mixed signals about consent meant there was no assault.

ASHLEY MATTHAU: A 21-year-old dancer in Weinstein’s 2004 film “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” said Weinstein lured her from the set to his Puerto Rico hotel room, pinned her down, and masturbated while he was on top of her in 2003. Weinstein’s lawyers said it should have been clear that Weinstein had sexual intent and that she had every opportunity to leave. She said fear and their power difference kept her from doing.

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