The former producer is being tried in Los Angeles for sexual crimes two years after being sentenced to 23 years in prison
Harvey Weinstein’s defense told the jury that there is absolutely no evidence against their client and that every woman who will testify at his trial is an actress who will play a role on the stand, all to fit the #MeToo narrative.
“Look at my client,” Werksman said, pointing at Weinstein. “He is not Brad Pitt or George Clooney. Do you think these beautiful women had sex with him because he is attractive? No, it is because he is powerful.”
Mark Werksman told jurors they are going to hear “false and unprovable accusations” from women who agreed to have consensual sex with Weinstein, but years later, are now ashamed and lying about what really happened.
Weinstein, 70, is already serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted of sex crimes in New York state.
If the sentence is confirmed in Los Angeles, it could add another 100 years in prison.
Werksman told the jury that Hollywood has changed today, but in the past, “transactional sex” was part of the industry.
“Sex was a commodity” for “rich and powerful men, like my client,” said Weinstein’s attorney, who even earned his own nickname: “the couch casting.”