A former girlfriend of Jessica Mann, one of the two women who accused former film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, testified on Monday that Mann did not appear to be in distress on the day of the alleged robbery, and described Weinstein as a "soul mate".
Weinstein, 67, pleaded not guilty of raping a man in New York and sexually assaulting former production assistant Mimi Haleyi.
Mann previously testified at the trial that Weinstein raped her in a Manhattan hotel room one morning in March 2013. Talita Maia, a former girlfriend of husband, told the jury that she had spent the rest of the day with husband and showed no signs of distress.
Maia testified that she testified against her will under a summons from Weinstein's lawyers.
Since 2017, more than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
The former producer behind films such as "The English Patient" and "Shakespeare in Love" has denied any non-consensual sex.
His trial is a milestone for the #MeToo movement, in which women have indicted powerful men in business, entertainment, the media, and politics for sexual misconduct.
Mann previously testified that the rape had taken place in the course of a longstanding "extremely humiliating" relationship with Weinstein.
Maia testified that Mann spoke "high" about Weinstein during the relationship and at one point even called him "her spiritual soul mate".
"She really seemed to like him as a person," said Maia. In cross-examination by prosecutors, Maia said that she quarreled with husband and stopped talking to her before January 2017, although she said she did not reject her.
Maia also said during the prosecutor's questioning that husband had once told her that Weinstein was "controlling". She said husband told her that she was very upset when Weinstein put pressure on her to engage in sexual activity with another woman that husband described.
In response to the subsequent questioning of Weinstein's leading lawyer, Donna Rotunno, Maia denied that her argument with Mann had anything to do with her testimony.
"I didn't want to be here at all," she said.
The defense then called another witness, Mexico-born social media influencer Claudia Salinas, who was friends with Lauren Young, another Weinstein prosecutor.
Young testified that Salinas was standing in front of a bathroom door in Los Angeles while Weinstein attacked her, which Salinas flatly denied.
"It never happened," she said.
In cross-examination by the prosecutor, Salinas admitted that when she first spoke to the investigators, she did not remember anything about the day in question.
Deputy District Attorney Meghan Hast asked Salinas if she remembered telling investigators that the incident, although she did not remember, "could have happened."
"If I had said that, I would have suggested it could happen, but that doesn't mean I was there," she said.
You also asked Salinas if she had brought her "better looking friends" to meet Weinstein at the producers' request.
"All my friends look good," Salinas replied, laughing out of the courtroom.
The New York prosecutor did not accuse Weinstein of committing crimes against Young, but requested that she testify as evidence of the producer's intent. The Los Angeles prosecutor has accused Weinstein of attacking Young.
Prosecutors closed the case last Thursday after the jury heard statements from six women accusing Weinstein of sexual assault, including Mann, Mimi Haleyi, and Annabella Sciorra, who said Weinstein raped her at her home in the early 1990s.
The lawyers are expected to deliver their final arguments by the end of the week, setting the stage for the judges to begin the consultation next week.