‘Harvey’s penis looks like it has been sewn back on and he has no testicles’, model tells Weinstein rape trial jury, as she claims he masturbated in front of her after actress Claudia Salinas trapped her in a bathroom
- Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial continued Wednesday with a slate of witnesses taking the stand
- Model Lauren Marie Young, 30, was the producer’s last accuser to testify at the trial
- She claimed Weinstein masturbated in front of her in a Beverly Hills hotel bathroom in February 2013
- She described his penis as looking like it was ‘cut off and sewn back on’ and that he had no testicles
- The hotel manager who worked the day Jessica Mann claimed she was raped in March 2013 testified he was ‘alarmed’ by her body language when checking in with Weinstein and ordered security to check in on her
- A casting director said Weinstein insisted Mann audition for teen vampire film role despite being too old for it
- On Tuesday the jury was shown naked photos of Weinstein to corroborate claims of scarring on his body
- 67-year-old producer says all the sexual encounters were consensual, if convicted he could be jailed for life
- Model Lauren Marie Young described in explicit detail how Harvey Weinstein had a ‘disgusting’-looking penis that appeared to be ‘cut and sewn back on’ and appeared to have no testicles at his rape trial today.
The 30-year-old is the film producer’s sixth and final accuser to testify at his trial and claims he masturbated in front of her in a hotel bathroom in February 2013 after they met up to discuss a script she was writing.
On Wednesday Young described the film honcho’s naked body saying: ‘His body was hairy, it had moles on his rolls, a disgusting looking penis.’
‘It had looked like it had been cut and sewn back on, not a normal looking scar from circumcision. Something didn’t look normal and I remember noticing that and I didn’t notice balls in the sack. I just saw a penis,’ she added.
On Tuesday jurors were given naked photos of Weinstein to corroborate key witness Jessica Mann’s description of his body. She claimed he appeared to be deformed, had no testicles, had severe scarring, and appeared to be intersex.
In a dramatic moment the court was shown the lace dress Young claimed she wore the night of that alleged assault. The dress may be sent for DNA testing for evidence in the case against Weinstein in Los Angeles, where the incident took place.
Young, dressed in a gray suit and mustard turtleneck, covered her face as she left court on Wednesday
The model tried cover her face as she left court. She’s due to return Thursday to continue her cross-examination
Harvey Weinstein pictured leaving court with attorney Donna Rotunno after his lawyers hammered accuser Lauren Young and pointed out inconsistencies in her testimony
Young, along with Dawn Dunning and Tarale Wulff who testified last week, are supporting witnesses who have been called to bolster the a case against Weinstein, though their accusations are not a part of the criminal charges Weinstein faces in New York.
Young, wearing a gray suit and yellow turtleneck with her hair over her shoulders, testified Wednesday how Weinstein assaulted her at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills on February 19, 2013, just days before the Oscars ceremony.
She said she first met Weinstein in February 2012 when she was invited by a friend to an Oscars party for Weinstein.
She reportedly met Claudia Salinas there and told her about a script she was working on based on her life. Salinas gave her her e-mail address. A year later Salinas asked her to bring her script for a meeting with Weinstein at the hotel.
‘I was excited. I got ready. I put on my best dress. I was excited to network and pitch my ideas,’ Young said.
Around 8pm she met Salinas in the lobby of the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills and had a gin and tonic while they waited for Weinstein to arrive.
When he did they all chatted then Weinstein asked Young, ‘What about America’s Next Top Model?’
Young said: ‘I said I didn’t want to be on reality TV. I was trying to transition into acting, reality TV wasn’t what I wanted.’
‘He said let’s finish this conversation upstairs, I have to get ready to present an award with Quentin Tarantino. So I followed.’
Weinstein allegedly walked in front of her and Salinas behind as they went up to the hotel room, where he steered her to the bathroom.
‘I walked in, saw the living room, I walked right and I kept walking and walked in through the bedroom and into the bathroom, following Harvey,’ Young said. ‘At that point I was wondering where we were headed.’
Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast asked: ‘Did you know you were going into the bathroom?’
Young said: ‘No I did not.’
She said once in the bathroom, the door closed and Salinas was behind it, trapping her inside.
‘I followed Harvey and he was behind me. As I stepped into the bathroom there was a mirror straight ahead. I saw Claudia closing the door,’ she said.
Weinstein proceeded to get into the shower and undress and rinse himself before emerging nude.
‘I stood there in shock. I started laughing, shaking my head. I went to approach the door and at this point he was right in front of me…The shower door was blocking the door to the bathroom. I felt so trapped and I was in shock.’
Young said she laughed because ‘I have never laughed – because I was that scared in my life – so nervously.’
‘I was worried and scared that he was going to hurt me.’
Weinstein allegedly approached her, unzipped her lace dress and told her, ‘How am I going to know if you can act?’
As Young protested and said ‘no, no, no’, Weinstein allegedly told her ‘this is what all actresses do to make it’.
Asked if she felt pain, she said: ‘Yes.’
Weinstein allegedly grabbed her with his left hand and was ‘jerking off’ with his right hand, Young said.
She said: ‘At that point he went from grabbing my right breast to touching my vagina. My hands were still down by my sides so I blocked Harvey with my hands.’
Young said that Weinstein ‘glanced’ at her vagina ‘but I blocked it’. Young squinted at the jury as she demonstrated how Weinstein allegedly ‘grasped my breasts’.
Weinstein alleged ejaculated on a towel and left the room. Young then pulled up her dress and fled, giving an ‘evil look’ to Salinas who was still standing by the door.
Young recounted the alleged assault to her roommates saying: ‘I was in tears and traumatized, scared, terrified, paranoid. I was really scared to tell them everything that happened to me.’
But she didn’t report the supposed attack to police because, ‘I didn’t know what kind of power (he had)’.
When Hast asked, ‘Were you sexually attracted to Harvey Weinstein?’, Young said: ‘Never’.
The next day Young went to a meeting at The Weinstein Company office because she wanted to ‘confront the issue’.
She saw Salinas there and told her, ‘Don’t talk to me’.
A Weinstein Company executive told her she had a spot on America’s Next Top model but Young rejected it.
Defense hammers Young over whether she was actually trapped in bathroom and presents her lace dress to jurors
Under cross examination Young was asked about an e-mail she sent on February 22, 2013 – three days after the alleged incident – to executives at The Weinstein Co.
The subject was Young’s invitation to the company’s upcoming Oscars party.
Young wrote: ‘Yes I am attending, Lauren Marie Young please add me to the list. Please let me know if I could bring one guest.’
Damon Cheronis asked: ‘Was this a joke, a rouse? Why did you ask for a plus one?’
She replied: ‘I was so worried at this point I just said yes and wasn’t going to go. I sent this email as a way to feel safe.’
Cheronis challenged Young on inconsistencies with her testimony and an interview she gave to prosecutors in Los Angeles in May last year.
Cheronis asked if Young said that Salinas ‘pushed her into the bathroom’.
Young said that ‘I’m not sure I said that’.
Cheronis gave her a copy of the interview and pressed her again asking: ‘Were you pushed in the bathroom?’ Young said: ‘No.’
Cheronis asked why Young told Los Angeles prosecutors that Salinas locked the door. He said: ‘Was the door locked?’ Young said: ‘I believed it was’.
He asked her if she tried to turn the door handle, another inconsistency with her testimony in court, and she confirmed she did.
Cheronis asked why Young walked into a bathroom and she said that he was a ‘big fat man’ who was in front of her.
Cheronis sarcastically said: ‘This big fat man does a ninja tear off with his clothes, faster than anybody you have ever seen?’
He then tried to unravel Young’s account to prosecutors in 2018 where she described Weinstein’s genitals and said she could make out a scrotum and testicles’.
‘I saw a sack. I couldn’t see (any more) because he had a big belly.’
Cheronis asked if she really had seen scars on Weinstein’s body. Young said that he ‘looked deformed’.
Cheronis then dramatically presented Young’s white lace dress that she allegedly wore during the supposed assault.
The theatrical moment was designed to show how hard it would have been for Weinstein to unzip the garment as Young had claimed.
‘If you look at this dress there’s a button on the top and it opens like this and there’s a zipper under it. There’s a thing that’s up and down, there’s still a portion of material between. Is it your testimony that your shoulder fell out of this dress?’ Cheronis asked.
Young said: ‘Down by my elbows.’
Cheronis said: ‘Unzipped by Mr Weinstein? How long did it take?’
Young said: ‘A second.’
Casting director says Weinstein had accuser Jessica Mann audition for role knowing she was too old and tall for it
Harvey Weinstein insisted that accuser Jessica Mann and another actress from Brazil audition for roles in a teen vampire film he was producing, even though a casting director said they were both too old and tall for the roles.
A slate of secondary witnesses testified Wednesday at Weinstein’s trial.
Casting director Marci Lirofff, who cast the film Vampire Academy which was produced by The Weinstein Co., testified before the jury that the film’s lead roles needed to be aged 15 or 16 and there was a 5ft 2in height limit to keep the movie consistent with the book it’s based on.
Yet, Mann claimed that Weinstein dangled a lead role in the film as a way to keep her close to him.
Weinstein Co asked Liroff to audition Mann, and her friend Brazilian actress Talita Maia for the role on April 15, 2013, even though she knew ahead of time that they did not fit the role and the lead roles had already been cast in January that year.
On the audition form for Mann and Maia, Liroff wrote: ‘not right’.
When asked why she wrote that she said: ‘They were too old as we were looking for a 15 year old, they were too tall and they were not strong enough as actors.’
At the time of that audition Mann was 27 and Maia was in her 20’s. Mann is 5ft 9in and Maia is 5ft 4in.
In the end the lead role went to a girl who was 16 or 17 years old, Liroff said.
Liroff said it was ‘unusual’ for a producer to be involved in casting a film which should have been her domain. She said that it was not a ‘sham’ audition, but it was not ‘productive’ either.
Liroff said: ‘They weren’t strong actresses so they were not good for another role.’
The movie mogul beamed as he walked into court on Wednesday, despite the fact that jurors were shown his naked photos as evidence yesterday.
Hotel manager working the night Mann claimed Weinstein raped her says producer appeared ‘threatening’ and he ordered security to check in on their room
Rothschild Capulong, the night manager at the Doubletree Metropolitan hotel in Midtown, Manhattan, took the stand on Wednesday.
He claimed Weinstein was so threatening while checking into the hotel on March, 18 2013 – the day Mann claims Weinstein raped her – that he warned security to check in on her, a court heard today.
Capulong told the jury the woman Weinstein was with, who prosecutors said was Mann, had alarming body language. He told security they may need to ‘check Mr Weinstein’s room’ because he was so fearful for her safety.
He also said Weinstein tried to ‘intimidate’ him into rushing the check in by looming over the desk.
Capulong said that Weinstein checked in around 10.30am on that March 2013 occasion under the name ‘Max Poster’. Under the notes for his reservation it said: ‘Celebrity Harvey Weinstein is the actual guest.’
Capulong, who checked him in, said: ‘Mr Weinstein had an imposing attitude at the time of his check in and he was trying to loom over me and rush the check in process.’
Weinstein was with the woman and Capulong said that he was concerned by their body language because ‘there was no laughing or smiling’.
He said: ‘They weren’t on the same page, it seemed like there was discontentment with the female.’
Harvey’s Monica moment?
Harvey Weinstein accuser model and actress Lauren Young, 30, took the stand at his rape trial Wednesday.
Prosecutors are expected to produce the lace dress she wore the night she claims Weinstein masturbated in front of her and groped her in a Beverly Hills bathroom in February 2013.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles may be using DNA evidence from that dress in their case against the film honcho.
The move echoes how Monica Lewinsky’s dress that she wore during a rendezvous with then President Bill Clinton was submitted as evidence at his impeachment trial in 1998.
That notorious blue dress was stained with Clinton’s semen.
Capulong said he tried to look to the side to get a better look at the woman but ‘Mr Weinstein loomed over me so I couldn’t.’
Asked why he wanted to do this, Capulong said: ‘It’s the hotel policy that the guests’ safety comes first.’
He said: ‘It was the body language of the female, the discontentment that raised the alarm.’
As Weinstein and the woman walked away Capulong said they were walking ‘apart’ and Weinstein was ‘guiding’ her.
Describing his overnight report, he said: ‘I specifically wrote that security might want to check on Mr Weinstein’s room.’
Under cross examination by Donna Rotunno, Capulong said that he did not know the name of the woman and only recalled that she was ‘slender and attractive’.
In her testimony Mann said that she flew from Los Angeles to New York in March 2013 with a friend and Weinstein was supposed to meet her for a breakfast meeting at the hotel.
She said Weinstein arrived early she ‘panicked’ when she saw Weinstein checking in. Mann claimed she ‘pleaded’ with hotel staff to not give Weinstein a room. He allegedly pulled her to one side and told her not to ’embarrass him’ and ordered her to go upstairs.
‘I shut down a little bit and he told me to undress and then he comes to me and grabbed my hand and forced me to start undressing myself. I felt panicked as my worst nightmare was about to happen,’ Mann said.
Weinstein allegedly ordered her to undress and lay on the bed as he walked into the bathroom and closed the door, then came out and raped her.
Afterwards Mann went to the bathroom and found a needle in the trash can, which she said she Googled and found was to induce an erection.
After Capulong, Hector Castillo, the head of security at the hotel, was called to the witness box, and refuted the night manager’s account saying security was never told to check on Weinstein’s room.
Weinstein’s lawyer Donna Rotunno asked him if security was called to the film producer’s room, and he said no. When asked if there were any notes in logs about anyone screaming or asking staff to not check Weinstein in, Castillo said no.
Weinstein faces three felony charges related to Mann’s allegations that he raped her at that New York hotel after injecting himself with an erection-inducing drug.
Weinstein faces five felony charges in New York.
Weinstein’s charges stem from the allegations of hairstylist Jessica Mann who claims he raped her at a New York hotel in 2013 and former production assistant Mimi Haleyi who claims he forced oral sex on her in 2006.
While the 67-year-old producer says all of the sexual encounters were consensual, if convicted he could spend life behind bars.
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.
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.
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.