Mel Gibson could testify at Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles trial, judge says

Mel Gibson can testify to what he learned from one of Harvey Weinstein’s accusers. Judges and lawyers took a break from jury selection to agree on what evidence is allowed and who can testify. The witness list is sealed. Judge Lisa B Lench ruled that Gibson could testify so that she could be known as Jane Doe No 3, her own masseuse and her friend. Weinstein, 70, said that prosecutors allege that naked Weinstein followed her into her bathroom and masturbated after she was massaged by a woman at a Beverly Hills hotel in May 2010. The prosecution claimed innocence. He refused to engage in sexual activity without consent. His lawyers objected to allowing Gibson to testify, saying that what Gibson learned from a woman during a massage did not constitute a “fresh complaint” under the law in which victims took a stand on evidence of sexual assault or other crimes. He reported to others spontaneously and relatively quickly. Gibson did not remember the time of the exchange, but prosecutors will use another witness, Allison Weiner, who remembers talking to Gibson and the woman in 2015, Judge Renzi said. Weinstein attorney Mark Werksman argued that the defendants should be able to cross-examine Gibson for publicly known anti-Semitic comments during his 2006 arrest and racist comments made public in 2010. Gibson’s discussion of racism has nothing to do with the trial, but she said she would allow questions about whether he had personal biases and hostility toward Weinstein. Gibson’s portrayal of Jews in Gibson’s 2004 film The Passion of the Christ. “Evidence of Gibson’s racism or anti-Semitism is my client who challenged him,” Werksman said. The lawyer mistakenly said that the film won an Oscar for Best Picture. Weinstein, once famous for her Oscar-winning films, shook her head in front of her lawyers. “But it was an award-winning film.” The defense also argued that Gibson was trying to whiten his image by focusing on Weinstein and asserting himself as an advocate of the #MeToo movement. Prosecutors argued that Gibson had never made such an offer, and that he was discussing doing business with Weinstein, demonstrating that he had no bias at the time he spoke with his masseur. Gibson’s testimony was at one time the strongest in Hollywood, but it suffered a public downfall and faced each other in court. Emails soliciting comments from Gibson’s agents were not returned. Lench also found that Melrose Place actor Daphne Zuniga could testify in a similar capacity at trial against a woman known as Jane Doe. Number four, Weinstein was charged with rape in 2004 or 2005. Weinstein is ser. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault in New York in 2020. The state’s highest court agreed to hear his appeal. He was brought to Los Angeles for a trial that began on Monday, five years after women’s stories about him gave momentum to the #MeToo movement. The York Times reporters disappointed Weinstein. Weinstein’s lawyers tried to postpone the LA trial because publicity for the film could pollute the jury pool. The judge rejected their application, and the trial is expected to last eight weeks. Judges and lawyers return to jury selection on Monday. The opening ceremony is scheduled for October 24.
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