NEW YORK (77 WABC) — Closing arguments got underway Thursday in the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein.
His lawyer told jurors that prosecutors in the case against him acted like moviemakers and portrayed a world where women aren’t responsible for how they interact with men.
Donna Rotunno declared that Weinstein is innocent.
She appealed to jurors to ignore outside forces and use what she called their “New York City common sense” in weighing a case seen as a watershed for the #MeToo movement. She asked jurors “every time you feel your emotion taking over, remember that common sense, because it will guide you.”
The prosecution will get their chance to deliver closing arguments Friday in Manhattan Criminal Court.
The disgraced former movie executive is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on a different woman in 2006. Weinstein, though, has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual.