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Harvey Weinstein Faces Prosecutors in Closing Arguments

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By Allie Elaine

Earlier this morning, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, Joan Illuzzi, delivered her closing arguments in her prosecution of former Miramax and The Weinstein Company chief, Harvey Weinstein. The movie producer is currently facing five counts of rape, predatory sexual assault and criminal sexual acts. Though Weinstein has been accused of rape and assault by dozens of women, the three who have assisted in bringing the movie-mogul to justice, specifically throughout the trial, are Jessica Mann, Miriam Haley and former Sopranos actress, Annabella Sciorra.

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In her closing argument, Illuzzi stated, "When Harvey Weinstein met the witnesses, he looked quite different than he does today...They were scared. They felt isolated and they were alone."

Illuzzi also emphasized the power that Weinstein had over the women in terms of status and career. She referred to him as, "the master of his universe,” and explained that Weinstein viewed the women who have come forward with allegations of assault and rape as nothing more than “ants that he could step on.”

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In order to solidify her case, Illuzzi was sure to point out the similarities between each case, stating that many of the women were "tricked" into meeting Weinstein in hotel rooms.

“If you have to trick someone, it’s not consent,” Illuzzi stated.

On Thursday, Weinstein's defense attorney, Donna Rotunno, attempted to argue that the women were coming forward with ulterior motives. For example. Rotunno noted that Sciorra specifically was only bringing her allegations forward in an attempt at revitalizing her acting career.

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Illuzzi countered that argument, saying that the pain Sciorra endured would in no way be worth any sort of gain. "To have to tell you that she was cutting herself and then dabbing her blood with a tissue and putting it on the wall with gold leaf… do you think that’s a career booster?" Illuzzi questioned.

Illuzzi continued in defense of all of the victims, stating, "They didn’t come for a beauty contest. They didn’t come for money. They didn’t come for fame. They came to be heard."

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Illuzzi continued with, "They sacrificed their dignity, their privacy and their peace. All for the prospect that their voices would be enough for justice."

Illuzzi also focused her attention on Mann, who gave a controversial testament conceding that she did at times have consensual "role-play" with Weinstein.

Of the situation Illuzzi argued, "This was not a relationship — this was Jessica Mann as Harvey Weinstein’s rag doll...She could have had his name tattooed on her arm. She could have been writing him love notes every single day… It still wouldn’t make a difference. He still wouldn’t be allowed to rape her on March 18, 2013."

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