February 7, 2020 | 7: 02pm
Harvey Weinstein’s guide lawyer claimed in court docket Friday that a controversial job interview she gave to the New York Periods was “taped a extensive time ago” — but it was actually recorded previous 7 days.
The New York Periods podcast “The Daily” aired the piece about legal professional Donna Rotunno Friday early morning, and drew criticism since she claimed she experienced by no means been sexually assaulted mainly because “I would by no means place myself in that situation.”
The lawyer also talked over Weinstein’s felony case and his accusers — but stopped shorter of working with their names.
Immediately after Weinstein’s rape demo broke for the working day, Assistant DA Joan Illuzzi-Orbon instructed Justice James Burke that Rotunno is “calling our witnesses liars and celebrity victim-hood position, and it is completely in contradiction to your get.”
Rotunno insisted that the interview was taped a lengthy time ago. “[I] have not spoken to any one considering that we started out this scenario,” she stated. She added that she didn’t even know the piece was airing Friday. “I had no idea,” she stated.
The choose did not deal with the prosecutor’s concerns on the record. Periods spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha appeared to contradict Rotunno’s account. “The interview was taped January 28 and aired on Feb. 7. Donna Rotunno was designed conscious of the air day,” Ha wrote in an e-mail.
When reached for remark, Rotunno reported, “The days are bleeding jointly. There was unquestionably no intention to make any misrepresentation whatsoever.”
The day just before the demo started off Jan. seven, the choose purchased Rotunno not to explore the victims in the scenario in any way soon after a grievance from the prosecution. “Leave the witnesses by yourself,” Burke reported. “Don’t chat about them in any capability. Just excise the witnesses from your communications going forward.”
In “The Daily” podcast, Rotunno spoke directly about complainants in Weinstein’s situation. “These are consensual encounters,” she instructed Moments reporter Megan Twohey. “I believe the steps of the girls following the simple fact confirm that they were being consensual encounters.”
In a very clear reference to accuser Jessica Mann, Rotunno claimed she had presented Weinstein her new mobile phone quantity after she alleged he raped her.
Twohey requested Rotunno what cause these ladies would have to lie. “We have created a modern society of celeb target-hood position,” the lawyer responded. “We have developed a modern society exactly where girls really do not have to consider obligation for their actions.”
The Times reporter — along with her colleague Jodi Kantor — uncovered the allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein in a bombshell 2017 story that helped guide to the legal prices against him.
Weinstein’s rape demo resumes Monday.