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Harvey Weinstein’s defense attorney references ‘sex addict’ Tiger Woods in court

Harvey Weinstein’s lead defense attorney compared her disgraced movie mogul client to Tiger Woods being a “sex addict” as she tried to prove his innocence during closing arguments in the landmark rape trial Thursday.

“Tiger Woods is a sex addict. You don’t see him in a criminal courtroom,” attorney Donna Rotunno told the Manhattan Supreme Court jury. “Being a sex addict and being a rapist are two different things,” PageSix quoted her as saying.



In 2010, the golf legend checked into a Mississippi sex-addiction rehab clinic following a notorious sex scandal that caused his marriage with Elin Nordegren to implode.

Rotunno made the reference to Woods after spending hours attempting to discredit Weinstein’s accusers as the #MeToo-era trial moves one step closer to a verdict.

At the Weinstein’s historic sex assault and rape trial in Manhattan Supreme courtroom attorney Rotunno spent five hours trying to convince jurors during the closing arguments on Thursday that her Oscar-winning client is innocent, and implored them to have the “courage” to acquit the movie mogul.

She told the seven-man, five-woman jury that “the time to do the right thing is now.”

“In the alternative universe that the prosecutors have created for you, Harvey Weinstein is a monster, he’s unattractive, he’s overweight,” said Rotunno.

The lawyer then pointed to the nude photos of the once-powerful portly producer that were shown to jurors, presumably to help corroborate his accuser’s description of his allegedly “deformed” genitalia.

“They showed you naked photographs of him. Ask yourself why,” Rotunno said. “To do nothing more than shame him.”

The lawyer, who has previously made controversial comments about the #MeToo movement, told jurors that in the prosecution’s “universe, women are not responsible for the parties they attend, the men they flirt with, the choices they make to further their careers, the hotel room invitations and the plane tickets they accept.”

“In this script, a powerful man is the villain, and he is so unattractive and large that no woman would ever want to sleep with him voluntarily,” Rotunno said. “Regret doesn’t exist in this world.”

The defense attorney told the jurors that when they first came into the courthouse at 100 Centre St., “you may have had a gut feeling that you thought Harvey Weinstein could be guilty.”

But, she said, if they “apply the legal standard of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, you can’t find Mr. Weinstein guilty.”

She told the panelists to “stand your ground,” saying that “you are the ones that are here asking, being asked to make, possibly, an unpopular decision.”

“In this country, it is the unpopular people who need juries the most,” Rotunno said.

Weinstein, 67, faces two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sex act stemming from the allegations of one-time aspiring actress Jessica Mann, former “Project Runway” production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haleyi and “The Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra.

The jury is set to begin deliberations in the case next week.




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