LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors called 44 witnesses to bring their case against Harvey Weinstein, but a jury’s decision at his Los Angeles trial will depend largely on testimonies from four: the women he’s accused of rape or sexual assault, all simply dish known as “Jane Doe”.
Four other women also testified as part of prosecutors’ attempt to determine a pattern of sexual robberies by the former film mogul, who pleaded not guilty. The Associated Press does not identify individuals who say they have been sexually abused unless they come forward publicly or have consented to be identified by their attorneys, as the women named or partially named here have done.
As the jury deliberates after the months-long trial, here’s a look at the eight women and their stories:
THE JANE DOES
JANE DOE 1: The Russian-born, Italy-based model and actor was the first witness at the trial. She testified that in February 2013, while Weinstein was in Los Angeles for an Italian film festival, he walked into her hotel room uninvited and raped her. The attack resulted in mental distress and alcohol abuse, she said.
“I destroyed myself,” she said, fighting back tears. “I felt very guilty. Mostly because I opened that door.”
Weinstein’s attorneys argued there was no compelling evidence he ever stayed at the hotel.
LAUREN YOUNG: Known in court as Jane Doe 2, Young is the only Weinstein accuser to tell her story in both Los Angeles and New York, where he was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Young, a model then trying to pursue acting and screenwriting, claims that while meeting Weinstein about a screenplay, he caught her in the bathroom of his Beverly Hills hotel, fondled her, and masturbated in front of her while she was paralyzed standing in fear. It was the day after Jane Doe 1 was allegedly raped in 2013.
“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 testified.
Weinstein’s attorneys denied the encounter and said there was no evidence she was forced to remain in the room.
JANE DOE 3: Hired by Weinstein to give him a massage in May 2010, she testified, like Young, that Weinstein caught her in a hotel bathroom, groped her, and masturbated in front of her. She expressed shame and disgust at agreeing to see Weinstein again afterwards and work on it, a common thread among several witnesses that the defense focused on during cross-examination.
“That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to come forward,” she said, “because it’s embarrassing.”
JENNIFER SIEBEL NEWSOM: The most anticipated testimony at the trial was also the most dramatic. Siebel Newsom, a documentary filmmaker and the wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, known to court as Jane Doe 4, gave a deeply emotional account of what she described as the September 2005 rape by Weinstein at a Beverly Hills hotel a meeting about the acting career she was pursuing. She almost cried out at times during her testimony as the audience sat stunned.
“He knows this isn’t normal!” she exclaimed during her description of the attack. “He knows this is not consent!”
Weinstein’s attorneys say it was consensual sex, which she later renamed rape, citing friendly emails and a meeting in the years that followed.
THE OTHER PROSECUTORS
KELLY SIPHERD: Your story spans 17 years: Sipherd testified that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in a hotel room during the 1991 Toronto Film Festival when she was an aspiring actress, and then did it again when she was meeting him at the same hotel challenged the same festival in 2008. Weinstein’s attorneys suggested that her conduct after each alleged assault, including accepting an invitation to audition after the first and an invitation to a party after the second, was evidence that neither has happened.
AMBRA BATTILANA GUTIERREZ: Gutierrez, an Italian and Filipino model, told authorities in 2015 that Weinstein fondled her breast during a meeting in New York. Two years later, she became a major media figure in the #MeToo explosion when The New Yorker reported that Weinstein paid her $1 million to silence her. Prosecutors declined to charge Weinstein, a decision that later led to criticism and an official review. Gutierrez testified about the meeting and its aftermath, and a recording of Weinstein, which she had secretly taken at the request of the New York City Police Department, was played to the Los Angeles jury. Weinstein’s attorneys claim her allegation does not constitute sexual assault.
NATASSIA MALTHE: Malthe, a Norwegian model, said in a statement echoing the story of Jane Doe 1 that Weinstein showed up uninvited at her London hotel room door and raped her after the 2008 British Academy Film Awards. As with other accusers, Weinstein’s attorneys argued that changes in her story from previous reports, further ties to Weinstein after the incident, and what they described as mixed signals of consent meant there was no sexual assault.
ASHLEY MATTHAU: A 21-year-old dancer in Weinstein’s 2004 film Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights said Weinstein lured her off the set to his hotel room in Puerto Rico, pinned her, and masturbated on her in 2003. Weinstein’s attorneys said it should have been clear that Weinstein had sexual intentions and that she had every opportunity to leave. She said fear and their difference in power kept her from doing either.
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