Transcript: Lawyers & Witnesses in Harvey Weinstein Trial Speak with Media - transcription powered by Happy Scribe

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And if you know about my my story, but back in 2015, I tried for whatever I could, if possible, done. Getting to what happened today, I'm happy to see that at least something was done right the second time. Yes. Back in 2015, I was assaulted and I went to the police an hour after I. The next day worked with an undercover operation with the police to record him, meaning what he did to me and nothing then was brought to to to justice.

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So. I could say that right now I'm happy to see that those years that I lost my life are getting back. Of course, there is a lot of work to do and I'm here to, you know, being there and speaking to people so that situations like this would never happen again. And yeah, this is my mission right now. I'm about to land agouti at us. Yes. ambra A and B are A, but Tiana's B, A T T I L A and A Gutierrez G U-T i.e.

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What's next? Also this Friday, I'm I'm working with organizations that would try to push the Survival of Adult Survival Act and that would try to open a window for the statute of limitation so that adults, if they feel right now they wanted to reopen their cases, that could be possible because we need justice. We need to feel that our life gets back. And that's something that it's very in need for now to try to do. Good afternoon, everybody.

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My name is Doug Wigdor. I have the privilege of representing Charlie Wolf, who is one of the three molyneaux witnesses in this criminal trial. And I also represent three other claimants and civil trials, civil cases against Harvey Weinstein. And I also represent two other people who are objecting to the civil settlement. Again, Doug Wigdor and this is my name is Debra Katz.

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I also represent one of the molyneaux witnesses, Donna Dunning. And I've represented Irwin writer, who is an insider that I've represented over and writer who is an insider at the Weinstein Company. But Doug and I both represent two very courageous women who testified in court at great personal risk. They came forward and described the predatory behavior of now convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein. No longer will we accept as a society a defense that poor Harvey Weinstein was an unwitting victim of women who took advantage of him.

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It will no longer be acceptable in courts for anyone to argue that women who are victimized by sexual predators brought it on themselves because they wanted to advance in their careers. Those days are over. There was a repudiation of that argument today, and that is all to the good that moves us all forward because arguments of the type made by Harvey Weinstein's lawyers have kept women back and have silenced women and have scared women from time immemorial. It is a new era.

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The metoo movement has educated us all about how pervasive this kind of behavior is and how unacceptable it is. And today, the jury put an exclamation point on that in the most significant way possible. Doug and I were in court as we saw Harvey Weinstein being remanded into police custody. Harvey Weinstein is exactly where he should be now behind bars. Harvey Weinstein has hurt dozens and dozens of people by his sexual predatory rapist, violent behavior. And today, there could be no other discussion other than Harvey Weinstein is exactly where he should be.

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And let me just add to Deborah's comments, all of which I I completely agree with. I think one of the things about today is we will not see Harvey Weinstein come down those steps in his feeble attempt of pretending to be unwell and using a walker because he is now in custody. He's been remanded. He awaits sentencing in March by Judge Burke. And today is a significant day because he's hell been held responsible for his actions. But while we can't undo that harm while he's been convicted, we can't undo the harm that he has caused to so many victims today.

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Will will be some mode of relief for all of the assault survivors who hopefully today can bring about some sense of relief. And so for all of the survivors who participated in this criminal trial, I think Deborah and myself and everyone else who participated in this trial want to thank them. I'm confident that each one of the six woman who testified convinced this jury to convict two separate victims, one of criminal sexual assault in the first degree. Mimi, Hayley, and I know that Gloria Allred, we'll be speaking about her shortly.

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And also another victim and rape third degree is Ms. Mann. So to me, me, Hayley, just a command, Annabel Obscura, Tali. Well, Dawn Dunning and Lauren Young, let me say, on behalf of all of the victims. Thank you very much for your participation. Thank you for having the courage to stand up and not easy circumstances to face, cross-examination to face the media, to face scrutiny, but to do what was right.

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And thank you to those women for lending a voice to those that couldn't be directly heard, because we know that there are many other victims of Harvey Weinstein who were not testifying at this trial, but there was heard through these six courageous women. And of course, we're also grateful for the incredible and courageous reporting that got us here through Jodi megane and Ronan and to their sources who risked violating nondisclosure agreements, rogue investigations, threats and the power of Harvey Weinstein.

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We would not be here today if it were not for that reporting, for those sources. And of course, we're also grateful to the Manhattan district attorney's office that worked tirelessly in reporting and investigating and trying this case. To Jonah losi, to Megan Hassed. We're all appreciative of your hard work, dedication, commitment and seeing that justice was served today. And to the men and woman who supported them in the district attorney's office and Jaci Vance as well.

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He and I necessarily. Not necessarily have gotten on. Back in 2011 with DSK when I represented Nafissatou Diallo. But today is a new day. And to him, I congratulate him. And I'd like to thank him for bringing this case. And finally, to the jurors, the jurors who gave up weeks of their life to be here to finally come back with a verdict. And as they see it, then behind me, the defense counsel, they had a job to do, a client to represent because of them.

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Harvey Weinstein received a fair trial. Even though he was law, even though he lost, he was lucky enough to have them represent them. Let me just say this and fight. Finally, because I think we have some people who really want to speak, who deserve to speak. But I represent three other women, as I mentioned, Miss Sokolow. Ms. David, Miss Hewitt. And we intend to continue to hold Harvey Weinstein accountable for what he did to those women and to follow up on this criminal trial.

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Thank you. So you guys gonna have to make a choice because we have to go to work, so you need to hear from that. OK. If you're not going to silence me again, I would say, oh, yes, you are. Oh, yes, you are. Well, really? All right. I have a short statement today. The jury in the criminal case of the people of the state of New York versus Harvey Weinstein returned a verdict against the defendant, Harvey Weinstein.

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Do you want to go over there? Is that what you wanted? This is a legal reckoning for Harvey Weinstein. The three witnesses whom I represent have been role models in courage. Without them and their willingness to testify under oath in this case and without their willingness to be subjected to an intense and brutal cross-examination, this result would never have been won. Mimi Haylie is one of the two victims in this criminal case. And she is my client. Mimi Mimi sacrificed her right to privacy in the interests of Justice Anabella.

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Shaw was a very brave witness on this issue of sexually predatory conduct. Lauren Marie Young was a molyneaux witness prior bad equities. She's also one of the two victims in the Los Angeles County criminal case against Harvey Weinstein, which will be prosecuted in Los Angeles very soon. All of my three clients should be considered heroes of the women's movement and the victims rights movement. These witnesses told their truth under oath, despite what many people felt were unfair attacks on their credibility by Harvey Weinstein's defense lawyers who attempt to do to do anything and everything legally possible to challenge the motives of the witnesses and blame them for what the witnesses testified that the defendant, Harvey Weinstein, did to them.

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Fortunately, the defense attempts to discredit them were not successful. My clients bravely stood in their truth and refused to be intimidated by leaders, shamed into substantially changing their testimony about what the defendant did to them. I'm very proud of them. I'm very happy that the jury delivered the verdict that was read in court today as to me, me and as to Jessica, who I do not represent. The jury took their time. They asked very thoughtful questions in advance of the verdict.

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And we thank them for their service on this historic case and for their carefully considered verdict, which I believe is a just result as to Mimi and to Jessica. Harvey Weinstein will now have to finally face the serious consequences of his criminal behavior. At his sentencing here in New York on March 11th, most serious charge is the one that he was convicted on. For my client, Mimi, for that, he can face 10 to 25 years. And the victim does have an opportunity to speak at the sentencing and give her victim impact statement.

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And in the event that Mimi is available on March 11th, she and I will be here in order to do that. I was shocked that he was. OK, good. Thank you. That's good. So in addition, I look forward to seeing him in Los Angeles after the sentencing as he attempts to defend himself against the criminal charges which will face him there. And as I said, I represent Lauren Young, who is one of the two victims for whom charges have been filed in Los Angeles.

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And she was a molyneaux witness in this case. I look forward to his sentencing. And the next criminal trial in Los Angeles, whereas I said I'll be representing Lauren Marie Young and his case will continue. I will say this about Anabella even though the jury did not find beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant, Mr. Weinstein, was guilty of a crime against me and a crime against Jessica and sexually predatory conduct. Anabella is absolutely one of the bravest women I know.

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She sacrificed so much privacy, invested so much time, went through so much. Just for the cause of justice. She didn't have to do it. She did do it. And I'm just so honored to know her and to represent her. The fact that they did not find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt on the issue of sexually predatory conduct does not mean that there weren't members of the jury who did. Who did, who believed. Anabella. Although I've not had an opportunity to speak, nor have I heard any interviews by members of the jury.

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I have confidence that there were people in the jury, there were members of the jury who. Did credit Antibalas testimony. It's just that the jury could not find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the highest burden of proof in the law. It's always possible that she was believed, but that the high burden of proof required to find him guilty on sexually predatory conduct was not something that the jury could find. But nonetheless, she's so brave. Susan B Anthony once said courage is the best protection a woman can have.

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And I just can't say enough about her courage through all of this. And I'm also going to say in advance, I know they're going gonna be many people in Los Angeles who are going to be testifying in the Los Angeles case, who you have not yet heard from. And who will also demonstrate courage in testifying in L.A.? So I'd be happy to take some questions. Pardon me if I could talk to Harvey Weinstein, what would I tell him right now?

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Well, I just heard that his attorney said that he was shocked. He was surprised by the verdict. Well, he shouldn't have been surprised. If you do to women what you did to me, me, what the jury found that you did to me, me criminal sexual act, what the jury found that you did to Jessica. You shouldn't be surprised if you have to face criminal consequences for the crimes that you committed against them. You shouldn't be shocked.

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You should have been prepared for this. It's no longer business as usual in the United States. This is the age of empowerment of women. And you can not intimidate them anymore because women will not be silenced. They will speak up. They will have their voice. They will stand up and be subjected to your small army of defense attorneys, cross-examining them, attempting to discredit them, humiliate them, shame them, and they will still stand in their truth.

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So Harvey Weinstein. This justice has been a long time coming, but it's finally here and it's not the end because L.A. is still going to proceed and I believe that will happen after the sentencing. That he will be quickly going to Los Angeles. And we're looking forward to seeing him there. I'm sorry, can't hear you. In this case. OK. Well, Prince Andrew. That's Prince Andrew needs to start by talking to the FBI. And so I do hope that everyone who saw my message on the yellow school bus on Friday to Prince Andrew, to the public in Great Britain, which said if you see this man, ask him to call the FBI and have the FBI is no, it's not an accident that was on a school bus.

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Because it's about children with Jeffrey, I've seen it is sex trafficking of underage girls. So my message is it's time to step up to the bar of justice or at least talk to the FBI. Say what you know. Well, they haven't question because he hasn't agreed to be questioned. The clock is ticking. Thank you. Any other questions about Harvey Weinstein or what happened today? I'll just say I'm very happy. I'm thrilled. When the verdict came back, guilty for Bill Cosby.

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I said women were believed. And now that the verdict has come back guilty. Guilty for Harvey Weinstein. I will say once again, women were believed. So for those of you who are listening and watching. If you are a victim of rape or sexual abuse or sexual assault. Please know that this is a new day for victims of gender violence. Law enforcement is now beginning to believe you. Juries are beginning to believe you and to convict. So just have courage.

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This is a new day. Justice may be coming for you as well. Thank you.