2020年1月7日 星期二

N.Y. Today: Harvey Weinstein Trial

What you need to know for Tuesday.

It’s Tuesday.

Weather: Increasing clouds, high around 40; later, a chance of rain and maybe snow.

Alternate-side parking: In effect until Jan. 20 (Martin Luther King’s Birthday).


Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times

A frail-looking Harvey Weinstein leaned on a walker yesterday as he passed a long stretch of cameras and sign-toting protesters, then hobbled into a courtroom in Manhattan for Day 1 of his rape trial.

Accompanied by his lawyers, he wore a loose black suit, black loafers that were kind of dirty and a monitor on his left ankle, according to my colleague Jan Ransom, who is covering the trial for The Times. He appeared to have a fresh haircut.


The trial of Mr. Weinstein, 67, once one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood, is one of the most anticipated proceedings in recent years. The allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Mr. Weinstein exploded in 2017, prompting the #MeToo movement.

As the trial began in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, the district attorney in Los Angeles County announced rape and assault charges against Mr. Weinstein. Now, even if he prevails in New York, he will face a second trial in California.

Inside the courtroom

Dozens of reporters, many from other states and countries, were in the gallery, staring at Mr. Weinstein’s back and listening intently to the proceedings. “I don’t remember seeing anyone from the public” in the courtroom, Ms. Ransom told me. “It was mostly reporters.”


Mr. Weinstein, who was at the defense table for about two hours, was dealt a setback: His lawyers were told they could not call as a witness a detective who was accused of withholding evidence from prosecutors that was favorable to the defense.

“He dropped his head in his hands in what appeared to be disappointment,” Ms. Ransom said, referring to Mr. Weinstein’s reaction to the judge’s ruling.

Outside the courtroom

Protesters and curious New Yorkers, as well as several of Mr. Weinstein’s accusers, waited in the cold outside of the courthouse, hoping to look him in the eye, my colleagues Jodi Kantor and Emily Palmer said. Many later moved to Foley Square, two blocks from the building, for a news conference.

“I wish he would have turned around and faced us,” said the actress Rosanna Arquette, who had accused Mr. Weinstein of sexual harassment dating to the early 1990s.

Rose McGowan, an actress who has accused him of sexual assault, called the trial “a moment of justice,” even though most of his accusers “won’t have even one day in court.”

The case

Mr. Weinstein is charged with raping one woman, who has not been identified in court documents, at a Midtown hotel in 2013 and forcing a second woman, Mimi Haleyi, to allow him to perform oral sex on her at his Manhattan apartment in 2006.

He faces one count of rape and one count of criminal sexual act in those cases and, if convicted, could be sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in prison.

The producer also faces a charge of predatory sexual assault for committing a serious sex crime against more than one person. If convicted of that charge, Mr. Weinstein faces a maximum of life in prison.

He maintains that his sexual encounters with the women were consensual.


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What we’re reading

Mayor de Blasio is far from his goal for a 90 percent cut in the amount of waste sent to out-of-city landfills. [Politico]

How many subway delays were caused by raccoons? [The City]

The restaurant Forlini’s is selling its building in Little Italy. It will close when the property sells. [Eater New York]

Coming up today

Sarah Chihaya, Merve Emre, Katherine Hill and Jill Richards read from and discuss their book, “The Ferrante Letters,” inspired by Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels, at McNally Jackson in SoHo. 7 p.m. [Free]

The series Foreign Eyes Filming France begins with screenings of “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” from 1928, at the French Institute Alliance Française in Manhattan. 4 and 7:30 p.m. [$14]

— Lauren Messman

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.

And finally: Three million records

The Times’s Derek M. Norman reports:

In 1974, a student named Bob George moved to New York City and started accumulating records as a D.J. By 1985, he had about 47,000 albums, which he used to found the nonprofit Archive of Contemporary Music.

The archive is now one of the world’s largest collections of popular music. It has more than three million recordings, as well as music books, memorabilia and press kits.

It is also home to a majority of Keith Richards’s extensive blues collection. (Mr. Richards, of the Rolling Stones, sits on the board of advisers.) Other donors and board members have included David Bowie, Lou Reed and Paul Simon, as well as Jonathan Demme and Martin Scorsese.

By June, the archive has to find a new, and cheaper, home. Worst-case scenario, Mr. George said, it will go into storage.

The archive is in TriBeCa, a trendy Manhattan neighborhood with shiny high-rises, chic stores and, of course, rising rents. That has created a financial strain on the organization, according to Mr. George.

“I’ve never been in debt over these 35 years, but over these last three years, it’s just become overwhelming,” he said.

Mr. George said he was focused on finding an affordable space, preferably in New York City. But without support from new donors or cultural institutions like the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, he said, that will be challenging.

“The rising rent, our share of the building’s taxes and donor fatigue has taken its toll,” he said.

It’s Tuesday — sound off.

Metropolitan Diary: Local lunch

Dear Diary:

I lived in the East Village for three months in the summer before I graduated from college, subletting a bedroom in a sixth-floor walk-up. One of the perks of the place was that it came with a big-screen TV and cable.

One lazy Saturday afternoon I was watching “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network. A new segment started, and the camera panned across building facades that were familiar to me, before eventually settling on the front door of my building.

I had failed to notice that I lived next door to a Vietnamese bakery that sold the best banh mi someone had ever eaten.

As the show’s hosts described the sandwich, I popped up, slipped on my sandals, hopped down the stairs and ordered a tofu banh mi for $6.

“I just saw you on TV,” I told the woman behind the counter as she handed me my change.

She pointed to the wall where a printed screenshot from the episode hung in a frame.

I trudged back upstairs and finished watching the show as I enjoyed the sandwich they were talking about. The crunchy baguette was still steaming.

It was a very satisfying lunch.

— Eden Weingart

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