Day 2 of Harvey Weinstein’s landmark criminal trial

The prosecutors used opening arguments on Wednesday to call the disgraced movie mogul a “sexual predator, a rapist” and “a monster.”
2:29 | 01/23/20

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Transcript for Day 2 of Harvey Weinstein’s landmark criminal trial
Now to the latest on the Harvey Weinstein trial, lawyers from both sides are heading back to court this morning as we hear newly released audio recordings. Erielle reshef is outside the courthouse with more. Good morning, erielle. Reporter: Good morning to you, Michael. Both sides giving a window into their strategies during opening arguments yesterday. Today the much anticipated next phase in this trial, a watershed moment for the me too movement. This morning, Harvey Weinstein preparing for the second day of his landmark criminal trial. Prosecutors using opening arguments Wednesday to call the disgraced movie mogul a sexual predator, a rapist and a more than 80 women alleging sexual misconduct by Weinstein but this trial focusing on two specific cases, including former production assistant Mimi Haley. She eventually gave up struggling, she claimed and just laid there motionless. Four other female accusers expected to testify against Weinstein including former 'dawn Dunning, allegedly she quit the industry when he threatened her career after she rejected his He was the most powerful man this Hollywood. I believed him. Reporter: All part of the prosecution's strategy to paint Weinstein as a master manipulator who leveraged his power to sexually assault his alleged victims. Overnight the "Catch and kill" podcast hosted by Ronan farrow releasing never before heard audio recorded by this model as part of a sting operation with the NYPD in 2015. The podcast supposedly capturing Weinstein threatening Gutierrez's career after she turned him down. The conversation wraps up with his clearest threat. I give you my word if you don't trust me then we have no reason to do anything and you will lose big opportunities. Reporter: Weinstein's representatives have declined to comment on the recording but attorneys for Weinstein who has pleaded not guilty and denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex previewing what they call dozens of loving emails sent by some accusers to the Hollywood titan like this one from the other complaining witness months after the alleged assault. Miss you, big guy. I love you. I always do but I hate feeling like a booty call. And Weinstein faces five felony counts in this case. If convicted he could spend the rest of his life behind bars. He could face some of his accusers in court as early as today. Erielle, thank you.

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