“It does not change the fact that he raped me,” she said.
Ms. Haley, 42, who changed her legal name from Mimi Haleyi, said that Mr. Weinstein asked her for a massage at their first professional meeting, but that she rejected his advances at subsequent meetings. He eventually helped get her a job as a production assistant on the television show “Project Runway,” she said.
Then, on July 11, 2006, Ms. Haley accepted an invitation to visit Mr. Weinstein at his apartment in Lower Manhattan. She said he pushed her onto a bed, even as she protested, held her down and forced oral sex on her. “I’m being raped,” she recalled thinking.
The defense elicited testimony from Ms. Haley that she continued to see Mr. Weinstein after the alleged attack, having consensual sex with him two weeks later at a hotel. She also told her friends about her friendship with him, pitched him ideas for projects, and accepted tickets to movie premieres and for a flight to London.
Mr. Weinstein’s lawyers also asked why none of the six women reported the incidents to the police.
Prosecutors told jurors that the women feared Mr. Weinstein would ruin their careers if they reported the encounters to law enforcement. Prosecutors also called an expert on the psychology of sexual assault victims, Dr. Barbara Ziv, who said victims often do not report such crimes to the authorities and sometimes maintain relationships with their attackers.
Ms. Rotunno had said the prosecutors invented a world where women have no free will and are not responsible for their own decisions, suggesting Mr. Weinstein’s accusers now regretted having had consensual sex with him at the time when they stood to benefit.
But Joan Illuzzi, the lead prosecutor, countered that it was Mr. Weinstein who had created a world in which women with less than him, and more to lose, had no choice but to subjected to his unwanted advances and abuse, until now.
“He was the master of his universe, and the witnesses here were merely ants that he could step on without consequences,” Ms. Illuzzi said. “The fact they wanted to get into his universe was all he needed to turn around and say — they don’t get to complain when they are stepped on, spit on, demoralized, and yes, raped and abused by the defendant.”