Harvey Weinstein Was an ‘Abusive Rapist’ and Serial ‘Predator,’ Prosecutors Claim in Closing Arguments

Published on Feb 14, 2020

Harvey Weinstein Was an ‘Abusive Rapist’ and Serial ‘Predator,’ Prosecutors Claim in Closing Arguments

Harvey Weinstein was a serial rapist who used his status as a Hollywood power broker to prey on women, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi told jurors on Friday. Illuzzi began her closing argument, one that will help determine whether or not Weinstein goes free or spends the rest of his life in prison, with a question.

“What is this case about? Is it about the power, manipulation and abuse — is it merely about the power of abuse?” Illuzzi asked.

“Or is it that the defendant was the master of his universe and the witnesses here were merely ants that he could step on? Or did he feel like he had a surefire insurance policy that the witnesses wanted to get into his universe?” Illuzzi continued. “They don’t get to complain when they’re stepped on, spit on, demoralized and then, yes, raped and abused by the defendant.”

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Author: Elizabeth Wagmeister and Brent Lang