Harvey Weinstein Defense Closing Argument: Women Need to Take Responsibility for Actions

Published on Feb 13, 2020

Harvey Weinstein Defense Closing Argument: Women Need to Take Responsibility for Actions

Harvey Weinstein’s attorney, Donna Rotunno, implored a New York jury on Thursday to exonerate the former movie mogul on rape charges, urging the 12-member panel to find her client not guilty even if that decision is unpopular with the public.

She claimed that the women who alleged that Weinstein raped them were shirking responsibility for their own actions and were embarrassed about having used the movie producer to advance their own careers.

“When you came to [court], you might have had a gut feeling that Harvey Weinstein was guilty,” Rotunno said, adding, “During deliberation, I’m going to ask you to use your New York City common sense…and every time you feel your emotion taking over, remember that common sense, because it will guide you.”

Weinstein was one of the most powerful figures in the entertainment industry, backing Oscar winners and commercial hits such as “Shakespeare in Love” and “Pulp Fiction.

Read full article at: Variety - Film News

Author: Elizabeth Wagmeister and Brent Lang