Prosecution rests after Lauren Young grilled

Jessica Mann returns after shocking testimony


NEW YORK — The prosecution rested in Harvey Weinstein’s sex crimes trial Thursday after the conclusion of questioning of the final accuser, model Lauren Young, who says the ex-movie mogul cornered her in a hotel room bathroom in Beverly Hills in 2013 and masturbated while groping her.

After less than an hour of further questioning, and clarifications and explanations on Young’s her part, she left the witness stand.

“The People rest, judge, thank you,” announced Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi.  

Weinstein’s defense team then began presenting their case after lunch. Judge James Burke said the defense “has a number of witnesses to call and we will hear them over the next three to four days. Maybe more, maybe less.” 

First up for the defense was Paul Feldsher, a film producer who’s known Weinstein for “the better part of 30 years.” Feldsher also had a friendship with accuser Annabella Sciorra of “Sopranos” fame, who says Weinstein raped her in New York apartment in the winter of 1993-94. 


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