Weinstein lawyer: Prosecutors have a ‘tale,’ not a case

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NEW YORK (AP) – Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer is telling jurors that prosecutors in the rape case against him acted like moviemakers and portrayed a world where women aren’t responsible for how they interact with men.

Donna Rotunno said in a closing argument Thursday that Weinstein is innocent. She appealed to jurors to ignore outside forces and use what she called their “New York City common sense” in weighing a case seen as a watershed for the #MeToo movement. The jury is scheduled to hear the prosecution closings on Friday.

Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on a different woman in 2006. Weinstein has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual.

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