FILE - Former film producer Harvey Weinstein appears in court at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 4 2022. Opening statements are set to begin Monday in the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's Los Angeles rape and sexual assault trial. Weinstein is already serving a 23-year-old sentence for a conviction in New York. (Etienne Laurent/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Harvey Weinstein Trial in New York: After almost four weeks of taking evidence and 44 witnesses, here are the main allegations before the defense testimony

After nearly four weeks of evidence from 44 witnesses, Los Angeles prosecutors have dropped their case in the trial of Harvey Weinstein – who is accused of raping two women and sexually assaulting two others.

Currently serving two years after a 23-year sentence for previous rape and sexual assault convictions in New York, Weinstein was held in prison during the final trial.

The LA trial has been widely seen as symbolic — but it’s taken on greater significance given the producer nature granted permission to appeal his convictions in New York.

The 70-year-old is accused of crimes against four of the witnesses tested. Three of the women – a model, a model/actress and a masseuse – testified anonymously. Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, has waived her right to anonymity.

Four other women, unrelated to the charges, have also told the court that Weinstein sexually assaulted them.

Weinstein, who initially faced 11 charges, now faces seven – and has pleaded not guilty to all of them, with his attorneys saying many of the counts were consensual – after four were dropped when one accuser was revealed named Jane Doe #5 would not appear to testify.

The trial lasts just over a week around America’s Thanksgiving holiday before returning to hear defense witnesses in late November. Here are the main allegations made during the indictment.

“I was kind of hysterical with tears”

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The first of Weinstein’s accusers, a model and actress who was in LA for a film festival at the time of her alleged rape by the producer in 2013, told the court he knocked on her hotel room door and she let him in.

She said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on her hotel bed. “I was kind of hysterical with tears,” she said. “I kept saying ‘no, no, no’.”

She said she was physically scared of Weinstein, who outweighed her by 100 pounds or more, and was considering running, hitting or biting him.

She said by the time Weinstein took her into the bathroom to allegedly rape her, she had stopped struggling physically, although she still objected verbally. “I would just freeze like my body wasn’t listening.”

Woman tests for the second time

Only one woman who testified at the New York trial was tested in LA. The model, who wanted to be a screenwriter, had set up a meeting with Weinstein about a screenplay she was working on in 2013, the court heard.

Describing Weinstein as a “monster,” she said he ushered her into a bathroom, quickly removed his suit and took a quick shower, then got out and prevented her from leaving.

“I was disgusted,” she said. “I had never seen such a tall guy naked.”

She said she hit a sink and turned away from him. He then undid her dress and fondled her with one hand while masturbating with the other, the court heard.

Masseuse tells court she was ‘terrified’ during hotel room incident

The masseur who alleges Weinstein claims he sexually assaulted her in 2010 when she was 28 after hiring her to go to his hotel room for a treatment.

As she was washing her hands in the bathroom after the massage, Weinstein entered, blocked the door and began masturbating in front of her, she told the court.

She started crying as she said, “I was scared.” Weinstein blocked the door and pinned her against a wall and felt her breasts before he was done, the court heard.

“I was in shock. I felt frozen, I felt paralyzed,” she said.

Filmmaker cries as she recounts alleged rape

Jennifer Siebel-Newsom.  Tip: AP
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Jennifer Siebel-Newsom. Tip: AP

In an emotional statement, Ms Siebel Newsom, 48, told the court she was 31 when she was allegedly attacked by Weinstein during what she believed to be a business meeting to try to build her career in 2005.

She spent two and a half hours on the witness stand and was in tears as she told the court she unexpectedly found herself alone with the Hollywood mogul in a hotel suite.

When asked to describe her feelings after Weinstein allegedly emerged from the bathroom in a robe and started groping her while he masturbated, she said: “Horror! Horror! I’m shivering. I’m like a stone, I’m cold My worst nightmare.”

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Ms Sibel Newsom said she told Weinstein that “that wasn’t why I came here” as she physically tried to pull away.

The trial will continue with the defense on November 28th.

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