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Miriam Haley Details Harvey Weinstein's Alleged Sexual Assault Against Her

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By Carolyn B.

Another witness took the stand today to give testimony against former producer Harvey Weinstein in his New York trial for sexual assault. The fallen exec has been battling lawsuits and allegations since October 2017 when Ronan Farrow published an expose of his actions in The New Yorker.

The article is largely credited with the rise of the #MeToo and #Time'sUp movements, prompting women all over Hollywood to step forward and reveal incidents of harassment and assault suffered by powerful people in the industry.

Harrowing Details

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Miriam Haley, a former production assistant, recounted the incident in which she was assaulted by Weinstein. Haley had met him at an after-party and again at the Cannes Film Festival, where she inquired about working for him. She later worked as an assistant for Project Runway, a series Weinstein produced.

Haley said Weinstein seemed to be friendly enough at first. But when she found herself alone with him in his New York apartment, things took a terrifying turn for the worse.

He Became Aggressive

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Haley said Weinstein had tried to kiss her. She tried to reject him but he was persistent, getting physically inappropriate with her despite her objections. Haley attempted to escape Weinstein, walking backward away from only to be cornered in a bedroom.

The witness said she was pushed onto the bed and held down before eventually coming to the grim realization of what was happening to her. Haley said she eventually stopped struggling, finding Weinstein was too powerful to fend off, and "checked out."

Horrifying Tales

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Previously in the trial, actor Annabella Sciorra gave her own testimony of being assaulted by Weinstein. She also recalled trying to fight off the producer to no avail. Many of Sciorra's details are similar to Haley's. Being forced into a bedroom, pushed on the bed, and feeling helpless to fight back are all details present in both women's stories.

Actor Rosie Perez corroborated Sciorra's testimony, saying she received a phone call from her friend, who was obviously upset by the encounter.

Character Assassination

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Weinstein's defense team has been hard at work trying to tear apart the credible of all of these witnesses. Haley was pressed on her continued working relationship with the producer following the assaults -- there was a second incident a few weeks later. She was asked about Hollywood events and the origins of plane tickets.

The lawyers had previously tried similar tactics with other witnesses, criticizing the exact methods of self-defense used by Sciorra and asking Perez why she didn't press the issue when Sciorra decided not to go to the police.

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