Harvey Weinstein accuser describes vicious 2013 hotel assault: ‘I kept saying no’
A model and actress said on Tuesday that Harvey Weinstein grabbed her by the hair and forced her to perform oral sex in a ruthless assault in 2013 before attempting to rape her in a hotel bathroom .
The woman, identified only as Jane Doe 1, was the first of eight accusers expected to testify at the disgraced Hollywood mogul’s rape and sexual assault trial in Los Angeles, which began earlier this month.
The first woman to speak said Weinstein showed up uninvited at her Beverly Hills hotel room in 2013 when she was in town for a film festival. Her first language is Russian and she said her English was poor at the time.
The accuser said she feared she had “done or said something that made her think something might be going on between us”.
She testified that shortly after Weinstein entered the hotel room, he became aggressive and demanded oral sex, forcing her to do it on the bed.
“I was a little hysterical because of the tears,” the woman on the stand said. “I kept saying, ‘No, no no’.”
She said Weinstein then took her to the bathroom and attempted to rape her, but she kept moving to avoid him. Asked by prosecutor Paul Thompson why she didn’t fight back, the woman was lost.
“I don’t know,” she replied. “I regret it a lot.”
The woman also said Weinstein’s assault sent her life into a tailspin and she started drinking heavily the next day.
“I was destroying myself,” she said. “I felt very guilty. Especially because I opened that door.
Weinstein faces 11 counts of rape and sexual assault at the Los Angeles trial.
The 70-year-old is currently serving 23 years in prison after being convicted of similar charges in New York.
The woman who testified on Tuesday said she confided in her priest about the assault years ago, although he refused to testify, citing religious privilege.