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Testified: Actress Talita Maia gave evidence at court in Manhattan

Testified: Actress Talita Maia gave evidence at court in Manhattan

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Testified: Actress Talita Maia gave evidence at court in Manhattan

The woman Harvey Weinstein is on trial for allegedly raping spoke highly of him and once called him her "spiritual soulmate", her former roommate has told jurors.

Weinstein's lawyers called Talita Maia to the witness box as they looked to raise doubts about her ex-roommate's allegations that he raped her in March 2013 at a New York City hotel.

Ms Maia, a Brazilian actress who lived with the woman in the Los Angeles area, was with her on the New York trip and said nothing seemed amiss when they met Weinstein for breakfast after the alleged rape. The accuser testified last week that she did not tell anybody what happened but was "pretty shut down" at breakfast.

"Did she seem like herself to you?" Weinstein lawyer Donna Rotunno asked.

"Yes," Ms Maia responded.

Ms Maia said she was giving evidence in response to a defence subpoena, telling jurors: "I don't want to be here at all."

She said the two women had a falling out in 2016, but added: "I don't hate her or anything like that."

In addition to the alleged rape, Weinstein is also charged with forcibly performing oral sex on a different woman in 2006. The 67-year-old has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual.

Ms Maia said she and the woman met Weinstein at a Hollywood party a few months before the alleged rape and that she believed the woman and Weinstein were in a relationship at some point and had stayed friends afterwards.

The defence is calling witnesses following more than two weeks of prosecution testimony, including accounts of six women who say the once-powerful Hollywood boss subjected them to vile sexual behaviour.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent