Harvey Weinstein’s attorney stunned the court on Monday during a protest.
Attorney Alan Jackson removed his suit jacket in court during cross-examination.
He then told one of Weinstein’s accusers that he “wouldn’t go any further.”
During a protest in the courtroom in which he removed his jacket, attorney Alan Jackson assured Lauren Young – an accuser of disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein – that he would not continue to remove his clothes in court.
Young’s testimony on Monday was part of the week-long trial against Weinstein, who faces 11 counts of sexual assault stemming from allegations by five different women who accused him of abusing them at hotels in Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013.
Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year sentence in a New York prison following an East Coast trial, but faces an additional life sentence if convicted at the end of the trial. He pleaded not guilty and denied the charges.
Young, one of five women who testified at the Los Angeles trial, also testified at Weinstein’s trial in New York.
During Monday’s testimony, Young recalled that in 2013, while working as a model and aspiring actress, she met Weinstein at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills to review a script she was working on, the Associated Press reported. .
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According to Young’s testimony, the encounter with Weinstein resulted in her being locked in a room alone with the ex-mogul, who stripped her clothes completely, groped her and masturbated in front of her, the report reported. ‘AP. Young told the court that she said “no” to Weinstein several times.
“I was afraid of Harvey Weinstein — that he would hurt me, or send someone to hurt me, or ruin my career, or make my life hell,” Young said during his testimony, according to the AP. .
Attorney Jackson, on cross-examination, decided to question Young’s account of the incident, including whether or not Weinstein could have removed his clothes in the short time Young recalled.
Jackson, to demonstrate how quickly someone like Weinstein could have undressed, took off his suit jacket and then said, “I’m just going to take my jacket off, I’m not going to go any further.”
“Please don’t,” Young replied.
Los Angeles Times reporter James Queally recalled the moment leading to “a number of stunned looks” exchanged inside the courtroom.
Jackson continued to pressure Young, who responded that Weinstein could have started removing her clothes in the hallway leading to the room she was eventually locked in, the AP reported. Young compared him to a changing mannequin at a fashion show.
“Does Mr. Weinstein strike you as a role model?” Jackson asked, according to the AP.
“No, but he’s definitely a monster,” Young said.
Weinstein’s lawyers have already drawn attention for their bold claims.
During opening statements, Weinstein’s other defense attorney, Mark Werksman, accused former actress and wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom, Jennifer Siebel Newsom of being “another bimbo who slept with Harvey Weinstein to get ahead in Hollywood.”
Jackson did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
If you are a sexual assault survivor, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline (1-800-656-4673) or visit his website receive confidential support.
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