One of the women at the center of the Harvey Weinstein rape trial took the stand today (Monday).
Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi [pr: HEH-lay], a former production assistant on Project Runway, told the jury that the movie mogul forced himself on her “orally” at his New York City apartment in 2006 and that she was in so much shock that she “just checked out.” Then, two weeks later, she claimed, he had non-consensual intercourse with her in a hotel room.
Defense lawyers showed the jury several friendly emails from her to Weinstein after the alleged assaults. Attorney Damon Cheronis argued that Haleyi “had a consensual relationship with Mr. Weinstein.”
Haleyi is one of two accusers who Weinstein has been charged with assaulting in the case.