‘Predator’ Weinstein injected himself to get erection before rape, trial hears

Harvey Weinstein was a “seasoned predator” who injected himself to get an erection before raping a woman, a court has heard on the opening day of his trial.

Theonce-powerful Hollywood producer screamed at the alleged rape victim that she “owed” him sex and forced oral sex on another woman, a jury was told.

Weinstein, 67, is standing trial in New York City accused of raping one woman in a hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting a second woman in 2006.

Harvey Weinstein(C) arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on January 22, 2020 for opening arguments in his rape and sexual assault trial in New York City. - Opening arguments in Harvey Weinstein's rape and sexual assault trial are due Wednesday, with the defense expected to detail "loving" emails between the once-mighty movie producer and his accusers. Weinstein, 67, faces life in prison if convicted of predatory sexual assault charges related to two women in the high-profile New York proceedings seen as key to the #MeToo movement. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:Weinstein walked into court without the frame he has used at previous appearances

Prosecutors claim that the former movie mogul also raped another woman, Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, in the 1990s but that allegation is too old to be charged as a separate crime.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to five charges against him and insists any sexual activity was consensual. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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