Judge adjourns Weinstein trial for the day over witness breakdown
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A judge was forced to adjourn the criminal trial of Harvey Weinstein for the day on Monday after an hours-long cross-examination from Weinstein's attorneys left a witness in emotional distress.

The unidentified woman, who has accused the disgraced movie mogul of raping her, was fiercely grilled by Weinstein's attorney, Donna Rotunno, on the stand, according to media reports.

She reportedly began to cry after being asked to read an email she had written describing Weinstein's genitals. She was then asked whether an unspecified sexual assault described in the email occurred when she was "younger."


“You manipulated Mr. Weinstein every single time you saw him, isn’t that correct?” Rotunno asked the witness, according to The Guardian. “Every time you engaged in consensual sexual encounters with him you manipulated him, isn’t that correct? You made him feel you wanted sexual relations with him.”

"No, that is not correct," the woman reportedly responded.

Weinstein faces several charges, including rape of two women in New York, and has pleaded not guilty. The former Hollywood producer has been accused by dozens of women of a variety of nonconsensual sexual acts, including rape, accusations that are credited with driving the "Me Too" and "Time's Up" movements into the greater public eye following an investigation by The New Yorker and The New York Times.

He also faces separate charges in California but has claimed innocence.