Defense rests without Weinstein testifying at rape trial

Defense rests without Weinstein testifying at rape trial
Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for his rape trial in New York, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (Source: AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK (AP) – The defense has rested its case in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial.

Now the stage is set for closing arguments beginning Thursday and deliberations starting early next week.

Weinstein’s lawyers relied on just a few witnesses to supplement aggressive cross-examination aimed at undercutting his accusers all while keeping the disgraced Hollywood producer off the witness stand.

The jury heard on Tuesday from the last of three key defense witnesses called to try to case doubt on testimony by Weinstein’s accusers.

It was expected that Weinstein wouldn’t take the stand to avoid giving prosecutors the opportunity to grill him on cross-examination about disturbing allegations that six of his accusers detailed for a Manhattan jury of seven men and five women.

The 67-year-old Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex in 2006 on a different woman.

Weinstein has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual.

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