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a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves Manhattan's Criminal Court after a key accuser in his rape trial testified Friday Jan. 31, 2020, in New York. © AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves Manhattan’s Criminal Court after a key accuser in his rape trial testified Friday Jan. 31, 2020, in New York.

Trigger Warning: This article contains information and details about alleged sexual assault and/or violence, which may be upsetting to some readers.

NEW YORK — A key accuser in Harvey Weinstein’s trial testified Friday that he raped her twice, once bellowing, “You owe me!” as he dragged her into a bedroom.

The first time, the heavyset Hollywood tycoon trapped her in a New York hotel room in March 2013, angrily ordered her to undress as he loomed over her, and then raped her, she told jurors.

Still, she kept in touch, sending him flattering emails, because “his ego was so fragile,” she said, and it “made me feel safe, worshiping him in this sense. … I wanted to be perceived as innocent and naive.”

Then, eight months later at a Los Angeles hotel, she told Weinstein that she was dating an actor, she said.

“You owe me one more time!” he screamed, she told jurors. She said she begged him not to take off her clothes, but he said, “I don’t have time for games” and ripped off her pants before pushing her legs apart and raping her.

Afterward, she said, she crawled into the bathroom, her eyes red and swollen from tears, worried that he’d get angry if he knew she was crying.

“OK, now go have you relationship,” he told her, according to her testimony. His apology: “I just find you so attractive, I couldn’t resist.”

The 34-year-old woman’s testimony was a pivotal moment in the rape case against the once-powerful movie producer who became one of the #MeToo movement’s top targets. He is charged in New York with the March 2013 rape and sexually assaulting Mimi Haleyi, a former “Project Runway” production assistant, in 2006. A conviction could put him behind bars for the rest of his life.

Weinstein, 67, has insisted that any sexual encounters were consensual. His lawyers planned to raise doubts about the rape accuser’s credibility by seizing on her complicated history with the former film producer. Her testimony was scheduled to resume Monday.

The defense says the woman sent him warm emails that said things like “Miss you, big guy.’’ Not once, in more than 400 messages between the two, did the woman accuse Weinstein of harming her, his lawyers have said.

The Associated Press has a policy of not publishing the names of sexual assault accusers without their consent. It is withholding name of the rape accuser because it isn’t clear if she wishes to be identified publicly.

The woman testified that she met Weinstein at a party in late 2012 or early 2013 after she moved from Washington state to Los Angeles to pursue acting.

The producer behind such Oscar-winning films as “Shakespeare in Love” and “Pulp Fiction” offered to help her, she said, asking her to meet him at a bookstore to learn about movie-business history.

“I thought it was a blessing,” she said.

Later, what she thought was a professional dinner at a Los Angeles hotel ended up in his suite, she testified. She said she thought Weinstein just wanted to avoid public attention, but he pressured her into giving him a massage on the bed with his shirt off, though she told him she was “not sexual or comfortable with this with someone I don’t know.”

At another point, he invited her and friend up to his suite to give them a script after telling him he wanted to cast them in a vampire film, the woman said.

‘‘Oh, no. I know what that means,’’ she said she told him. “And he laughed at me and said, ‘I am a harmless old man.’”

Weinstein started undressing, went into a bedroom and called for her. When she went to find out what he wanted, he grabbed her arm, closed the door and started “trying to kiss me like crazy,” she said.

She said she tussled with him, and he grew increasingly angry and said: “I’m not letting you leave until I do something for you.” He then performed oral sex on her, she told jurors, her voice breaking.

She said she feigned orgasm to extricate herself from the encounter but later started having “non-forcible” oral sex with Weinstein.

“I was confused after what happened and I made a decision to be in a relationship with him,” she said. While she wasn’t sexually attracted to Weinstein, she felt compassion for him and wanted his approval, she added.

But the relationship quickly turned “degrading,”she said. Weinstein could be charming, but “if he heard the word ‘no,’ it was like a trigger for him,’’ she said.

The first rape happened during their relationship, when she went to his hotel room in New York City and t he producer held the door shut, barked at her to undress and “stood over me until I was completely naked,” she told jurors.

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Prince Andrew called his ‘victim’ Virginia Roberts ‘a very sick girl’: Duke made insensitive remark just day after she described her abuse at the hands of Royal’s paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein 

Prince Andrew called his 'victim' Virginia Roberts 'a very sick girl'

NEW Prince Andrew described his alleged victim Virginia Roberts as ‘a very sick girl’, The Mail on Sunday can reveal today. The Duke made his insensitive remark in a message to a friend and business associate just days after Ms Roberts described the appalling abuse she had suffered at the hands of Andrew’s paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein. Her shocking revelations – which came in this newspaper – were accompanied by the now-infamous photograph of the Prince with his arm around her waist.The apparently dismissive comment to his friend – who had asked how Andrew was coping with the scandal -appears to question the mental health and credibility of Ms Roberts (right and main image with Prince Andrew in 2001). The Duke (left) made both the bad-taste joke and his comment about Ms Roberts’ health to his friend Jonathan Rowland in 2011. The ‘very sick girl’ slur came in an exchange seen by the MoS. Mr Rowland, the son of controversial property tycoon David Rowland, had contacted Andrew, saying: ‘Hope the press isn’t getting you down to [sic] much.’ The Duke replied: ‘Not at all!… She is a very sick girl apparently. The innuendo is the problem. But there is nothing that one can do for that! Shrug and move on.’ Inset: One of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged victims who signed an open letter urging him to talk to the FBI for the sake of his ‘daughters and their children’.

 

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a car driving on a city street © Provided by The Independent A total of 294 sexual offences by taxi and private hire drivers in London were recorded by police in 2018 – an 81 per cent increase on the previous year.

Twenty-five of those cases were rapes, down from 34 in 2017. Other offences included intentional sexual touching of another person without their consent, a driver attempting to kiss or grope a passenger, and a driver grabbing a passenger’s hand to kiss it.

Transport for London (TfL) said the increase in reports were “anticipated and welcome” after the government body issued guidance to all private hire operators in 2017 emphasising the importance of reporting criminal conduct to the police.

Mandy McGregor, Head of Transport Policing and Community Safety at TfL, said in a statement: “We do not tolerate any crime or behaviour that makes passengers feel uncomfortable on any mode of transport, including while travelling by taxi or minicab.

“While we know the majority of taxi and private hire drivers operate safely and legally, we continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police (CoLP) to improve the safety of taxi and minicab journeys in London.

“This includes our work to tackle taxi and private hire journey-related sexual offences, encouraging and making it easier for passengers to report incidents and investigating and taking action against offenders.

“We expect the highest standards of behaviour and any sexual behaviour by a licensed driver towards a passenger is completely unacceptable. We would urge anyone who experiences this to report it immediately to TfL and the police so it can be taken seriously and investigated,” she added.

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Data provided by the Met Police and CoLP showed 17 individual drivers were charged for 21 offences, with two drivers charged for more than one offence each.

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, of Roads and Transport Policing Command, told the Independent: “The Met is committed to providing the best possible service to victims of rape and sexual offences. The number of reports has increased in recent years and officers are working hard to meet this rising demand whilst maintaining high quality investigations and providing tailored support to each and every victim.

“We are working hard with partners to expedite the process and improve it for victims who show great bravery in reporting offences committed against them to police.

“Rape and serious sexual offences, no matter the circumstances, are incredibly distressing and deeply impacting crimes,” he added. “Investigations into rape and serious sexual offences are incredibly complex. We continue to work with partners in the criminal justice system to increase referrals to the Crown Prosecution Service, brings more cases before the courts and improve outcomes for victims.”

Of the 25 rapes reported in 2018, only two charges were brought. TfL said this could be due to a number of reasons, including the driver not being traced and identified, the victim not being able to support the investigation or prosecution, insufficient evidence, or the Crown Prosecution Service deciding there is “no reasonable chance of conviction”.

Uber driver Nadeem Afzal, of Limes Avenue, Chigwell, was handed a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years at Kingston Crown Court earlier this year after pleading guilty to exposing himself to a female passenger, according to the Metropolitan Police.

The 51-year-old repeatedly asked the woman, aged in her early 20s, to touch him and perform a sex act during a journey in the early hours of 1 November 2018.

Uber’s application for a new London operating license was rejected by TfL last November due to “patterns of failures placed on passenger safety and security”.

The ride-hailing firm has been allowed to continue operating pending its appeal against TfL’s decision.

Uber’s UK and Ireland general manager Melinda Roylett said in a statement: “There is nothing more important than the safety of the riders and drivers who use the Uber app.

“Since 2018, Uber is the only operator TfL has required to report every serious incident to the Metropolitan Police and the new statistics reflect that requirement.”