Harvey Weinstein Accuser Mimi Haleyi Opens Up About Her Emotional Reaction to Verdict
"Extra" spoke to Harvey Weinstein accuser Mimi Haleyi, who testified against him in his recent trial, just after his historic conviction.
Weinstein, who has denied any wrongdoing, was found guilty of criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He was convicted on two of the five charges against him but was found not guilty on two counts of predatory sexual assault and of rape in the first degree.
Haleyi, who was joined by her lawyer Gloria Allred, revealed where she was when she heard the news: “I was in a coffee shop and I just saw a message from someone pop up on my screen, so I sat down and just started crying, then I realized I was in a coffee shop and went outside and sat on a bench and cried for a while.”
She added, “It was like a big exhale when I first learned about the verdict.”
Mimi, a former “Project Runway” production assistant, testified in a New York court that he assaulted her at his apartment in 2006. She told us, “It was nerve-wracking… I knew what happened and I knew truth was on my side, so that's all I kept focusing on.”
She never thought this day would come, she said: “It's an amazing thing that the landscape has changed so much.”
Weinstein was supposed to go straight to Rikers Island jail yesterday but ended up at Bellevue Hospital after complaining of chest pains and high blood pressure.
Allred commented, “I don't know if he is faking or not… I, for one, would like Mr. Weinstein to live a very long life and spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs medical care, he should get it. I don't want to see another Jeffrey Epstein. We need justice, and we need for the persons who rape and assault women to every day sit in prison and think about what they've done.”
Calling her client a hero, Allred said, “She deserves so much credit for her courage. She told her truth, it was believed, and it resulted in the most serious verdict for criminal sexual assault — guilty.”
Weinstein faces up to 29 years in prison. He is due back in court for sentencing on March 11. The movie producer is facing more sexual assault allegations in L.A.