Harvey Weinstein case: Jury deliberates in Los Angeles rape trial after defense challenged prosecutor’s credibility

LOS ANGELES — After a final push from prosecutors, a jury began deliberating Friday in Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial in Los Angeles.

“You have irrefutable, overwhelming evidence as to the nature of this man and what he did to these women,” Assistant District Attorney Paul Thompson told jurors in his rebuttal to the defense’s closing argument a day earlier.

Thompson has urged her to plead guilty to the 70-year-old former film mogul in the two counts of rape and five sexual assaults he is accused of.

The indictments include allegations by four women from 2005 to 2013. The jury heard 49 witnesses over more than four weeks of testimony.

In his closing speech, Weinstein’s defense attorney, Alan Jackson, stressed the lack of physical evidence of the attacks, none of which was reported to authorities until years later.

He told jurors two of the accusers clearly lied, and the other two reworded “transactional” and “100% consensual” sexual acts with Weinstein as attacks after he became a magnet for the #MeToo movement in 2017.

“Regret is not rape,” Jackson said.

In his rebuttal, Thompson led the jury back through the evidence for each woman. He said the defense did not show that either woman gained anything “transactional” from Weinstein or that she had anything to gain by lying.

“Where is the evidence that there is any motivation,” Thompson said, “other than to get justice for sexual assault?”

Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench gave the jury final instructions and then assigned the case to them. They had just a few hours to deliberate on Friday afternoon before a weekend break.

Weinstein is already serving a 23-year sentence on a conviction in New York and could face more than 60 years in California if convicted on all charges.

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Laura Coffey

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