Harvey Weinstein‘s trial is moving at a faster pace than predicted, with three more of his accusers expected to testify before the end of the week.
A secondary witness took the stand Tuesday as part of the prosecution’s effort to corroborate Mimi Haleyi’s earlier testimony, where she detailed her allegation that Weinstein forced oral sex on her at his New York City apartment in 2006.
Elizabeth Entin, Haleyi’s former roommate, told jurors that the former Project Runway production assistant told her about the encounter a short time after it happened.
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Entin said Haleyi was anxious and pacing as she recounted telling Weinstein, “No. No.”
She said she told Haleyi, “That sounds like rape. Why don’t you call a lawyer?” but Haleyi didn’t want to pursue it or talk about it.
On cross-examination by one of Weinstein’s lawyers, Donna Rotunno, Entin also recalled thinking at first that it was just “stupid” that Weinstein kept showing up unannounced at the women’s apartment.
“Because this older guy was trying to get your friend? Correct?” Rotunno asked.
“Correct,” Entin said.
“And you thought it funny?” Rotnunno asked.
“We did, at the time,” Entin said, recalling how her pet Chihuahua, Peanut, once chased Weinstein around the apartment.
The women viewed Weinstein “as a pathetic older man trying really hard to hit on” Haleyi, Entin said.[ad_2]