June 20, 2021

Harvey Weinstein Defense Challenges Accuser Jessica Mann

Harvey Weinstein’s defense team spent hours Monday questioning a former actress who accused him of rape in sometimes combative exchanges, trying to undercut her story and highlight her yearslong relationship with him.

Jessica Mann, the fifth accuser to take the stand at Mr. Weinstein’s trial, is one of two women whose allegations underpin the charges for which the producer faces life in prison—making Monday’s the highest-stakes cross examination for the defense. If the jury doubts Ms. Mann’s story, Mr. Weinstein’s odds of acquittal dramatically increase.

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