Harvey Weinstein injected himself with an erection drug before raping a lady in a Manhattan lodge room in 2013, a prosecutor alleged throughout opening statements at his sexual assault trial on Wednesday.
The incident occurred a number of months into Weinstein’s relationship with the lady, an aspiring actress who met the Hollywood mogul at an trade occasion in Los Angeles, Manhattan Assistant District Legal professional Meghan Hast stated.
Weinstein allegedly grew to become “extra demanding and violent” throughout their encounters, resulting in a March 18, 2013, incident on the DoubleTree lodge in Midtown East, the place Hast stated that “the defendant determined he needed extra and forcibly took it.”
The lady, who was staying on the lodge, was planning to introduce a pal to Weinstein throughout a breakfast assembly when he unexpectedly referred to as from the foyer and stated he was checking in, Hast advised jurors in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom.
When she went to seek out out why he’d booked his room, Weinstein allegedly pulled her inside and wouldn’t let her depart.
“He demanded that she take off her garments. She refused. He grew to become louder and extra aggressive. He grabbed her and commenced to bodily undress her,” Hast stated.
When the lady relented and disrobed, Weinstein “ordered her onto the mattress and disappeared for a second into the toilet,” Hast stated, then “got here again out, obtained on prime of her and raped her.”
The lady, who Hast stated was “distraught, disgusted and horrified,” bumped into the toilet and “noticed a needle within the rubbish can.”
“She appeared on the label of the wrapper and later Googled it,” studying that it was for an erectile dysfunction drug, Hast stated.
In 2018, a former Weinstein private assistant, Sandeep Rehal, filed a federal intercourse discrimination and harassment go well with in opposition to him that alleged she was pressured to handle his inventory of Caverject, a fast-acting medicine in disposable syringes that’s injected into the penis to supply an erection.
Rehal’s go well with was dismissed on a technicality, however Rehal reportedly is amongst greater than 30 ladies who struck a tentative $25 million deal final month to settle claims in opposition to him and his bankrupt film studio, The Weinstein Co.