Harvey Weinstein met Daybreak Dunning, an aspiring actress and a waitress from Ohio, at an upscale lounge in New York Metropolis’s meatpacking district.
The Hollywood producer took curiosity in her as an actress, she mentioned on Wednesday after taking the witness stand at Mr. Weinstein’s rape trial. They met a number of instances to debate her profession, she mentioned.
However then, Mr. Weinstein invited Ms. Dunning to a lodge in TriBeCa to satisfy folks within the movie business. Throughout a dialog in a bed room, she mentioned, he out of the blue slipped his hand up her skirt and touched her genitals.
He rapidly apologized, she recalled, and she or he by no means reported the incident to the police, as a result of she wished “to fake it didn’t occur.” Then, she agreed to a second assembly at a lodge, lured with the promise of a discuss film scripts.
Mr. Weinstein answered the door in a bathrobe and recommended that Ms. Dunning comply with a threesome with him and one in all his assistants to advance her profession. Ms. Dunning mentioned she laughed, pondering it was a joke.
“He obtained actually indignant and began screaming at me, ‘You’ll by no means make it on this enterprise. That is how the business works. That is how all the nice actresses made it,’” she mentioned. She added: “He was like an enormous man towering over me and I used to be actually scared.” She fled the lodge.
Ms. Dunning was the third accuser to testify in opposition to Mr. Weinstein at his trial within the State Supreme Courtroom in Manhattan. Choking again tears, she mentioned her encounters with the producer occurred in 2004.
In all, six girls are testifying in opposition to Mr. Weinstein on the trial, which is extensively seen as a defining second within the #MeToo motion. Mr. Weinstein was an influential producer who reshaped the unbiased film business with Oscar winners like “Shakespeare in Love” and Pulp Fiction.” However since 2017, greater than 90 girls have accused Mr. Weinstein of sexual misconduct. He has been charged with intercourse crimes in Los Angeles and New York.
Mr. Weinstein has not been criminally charged in connection along with his encounter with Ms. Dunning, however Justice James A. Burke has dominated prosecutors can use her testimony to display what they are saying is Mr. Weinstein’s sample of sexually assaulting girls.
A second girl, Tarale Wulff, a mannequin and former aspiring actress, has accused Mr. Weinstein of raping her in 2005. She was anticipated to testify within the afternoon. Like Ms. Dunning, Ms. Wulff’s allegations are too outdated to help a felony cost underneath state legislation, however prosecutors hope her testimony will display a sample.
Mr. Weinstein, 67, is accused of a complete of 5 felony counts, together with rape and predatory sexual assault. The fees stem from allegations that he forcibly carried out oral intercourse on Miriam Haley in 2006 and raped one other girl, Jessica Mann, in 2013. Ms. Haley informed a jury on Monday that Mr. Weinstein pressured oral intercourse on her in his Manhattan loft. Ms. Mann is anticipated to additionally share her account this week.
Final week, the actress Annabella Sciorra, finest identified for her position in “The Sopranos,” informed the jury that Mr. Weinstein pushed his approach into her personal house in New York and raped her within the winter months of both 1993 or 1994.
Ms. Sciorra’s account is talked about within the indictment to help a cost of predatory sexual assault, which requires prosecutors to show that Mr. Weinstein dedicated a severe intercourse crime in opposition to not less than two girls. The state’s statute of limitation bars her allegation from being charged by itself as a criminal offense. The predatory sexual assault cost is probably the most severe cost in opposition to Mr. Weinstein, exposing him to a attainable sentence of life in jail.
Mr. Weinstein has denied the allegations. His legal professionals have mentioned that the encounters had been consensual and transactional. The ladies, they mentioned, wished to advance their very own careers.