‘You’re not going to silence me again!’: Moment lawyer for Weinstein’s victims forces his attorneys into sheepish retreat on the court steps as they try to hijack her press conference after she secures guilty verdict
- Weinstein’s lawyers were preparing to give a statement when Allred beat them to the microphone
- They laughed and told the gathered media that they had a ‘choice’ of who to listen to
- Allred stood her ground and cried ‘you can’t silence me again!’
- Weinstein’s attorneys laughed awkwardly and then walked away from her
- Weinstein was found guilty of third degree rape and criminal sexual act in the first degree on Monday
- He now faces at least five years in prison but could go away for up to 25
The drama from Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial spilled out onto the courthouse steps after he was convicted on Monday as his lawyers engaged in a standoff with victims’ attorney Gloria Allred over who could speak first to the media.
Weinstein was convicted of third degree rape and criminal sexual act in the first degree on Monday.
He was put in handcuffs and will be taken to Ryker’s Island to await sentencing on March 11. The convicted sex offender faces up to 25 years in prison and prosecutors are hailing the verdict as a ‘new day’ for sexual assault cases.
Moments after the verdict, Weinstein’s ruthless attorney Donna Rotunno and a team of other lawyers were preparing to speak to the media who had gathered outside when Gloria Allred, who represents some Weinstein’s accusers, jumped in front of them.
With them towering behind her, she yelled: ‘You won’t silence me again!’ and refused to move.
Rotunno and Weinstein’s attorneys laughed it off and walked away. In the background, an unidentified man can be heard yelling: ‘You’ve got to get down. It’s not about you babe!’
Gloria Allred storms ahead of Weinstein’s team of lawyers to get to the podium of microphones set up by the media after the verdict
Arthur Aidala, Weinstein’s attorney, told the media they had to make a choice on who to listen to because they had to ‘go and do some work’. Gloria yelled over him: ‘You can’t silence me again!’
Allred asked the media if they wanted to listen to her or them. She then carried on with her statement.
‘This is a legal reckoning for Harvey Weinstein.
‘The three witnesses whom I represent have been role models in courage.
‘Without them and their willingness to testify and without their willingness to be subjected to an intense and brutal cross examination,’ she said.
Allred represents Mimi Haleyi, one of the two women Weinstein was found guilty of attacking.
She also represents Annabella Sciorra and Lauren Marie Young.
Allred praised the women for their bravery. Lauren did not attend the New York trial but she is expected to testify in the case against Weinstein in Los Angeles.
Weinsteins attorneys turned and started walking away. Gloria stayed put to deliver her remarks
The veteran women’s lawyer represents three of the women who spoke against Weinstein at the trial
Guilty: Weinstein, pictured arriving at court on Monday, was found guilty of third degree rape and criminal sexual act in the first degree. He faces up to 25 years in prison
Later, Rotunno said the verdict was ‘bitter sweet’ and that the fight ‘was not over’.
They have already filed an appeal, and say Weinstein will ‘continue to fight’.
THE WEINSTEIN VERDICT
1st degree rape : Innocent
Weinstein was acquitted of first degree rape. The allegation was that he had physically held Jessica Mann down and raped her in 2013.
3rd degree rape: Guilty
The same incident involving Jessica Mann but that she did not give consent – not that he physically held her down.
Criminal sex act : Guilty
Forcibly performed oral sex on Mimi Haleyi in 2006.
Predatory sexual assault (x 2 counts): Innocent
The two counts represented one for each of the incidents – Jessica’s and Mimi’s – and were to reiterated that Weinstein had a history and pattern of abusive behavior
The disgraced movie mogul was found guilty of two of five counts.
The third degree rape applies to a sexual encounter with Jessica Mann in a hotel room in 2013.
The criminal sexual act in the first degree applies to him forcibly performing oral sex on production assistant Mimi Haleyi in his home in 2006.
He was acquitted of two counts of predatory sexual assault, one for each crime, and one count of first degree rape which applied to Jessica’s story that he had held her down and used force to have sex with her.
Third degree rape – which he was convicted of – means that he may not have used physical force but that she did not consent.
Four other women testified about other alleged incidents when Weinstein abused or raped them.
They have been lauded as ‘heroic’ for coming forward with their stories in the face of unimaginable public scrutiny and glare.
Weinstein’s defense all along was that the women agreed to have sex with him then changed their minds afterwards.
Jessica Mann (left) who Weinstein raped in a hotel room in 2013. Mimi Haleyi (right). Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006