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LOS ANGELES – The New York trial of Harvey Weinstein and its California sequel had a rare crossover on Monday as the former film magnate’s sole accuser testified in Los Angeles on both counts, saying he sexually assaulted her at a Beverly Hills hotel in 2013 attacked while repeatedly telling him “no”.

Lauren Young said she was paralyzed with fear when Harvey Weinstein prevented her from leaving the bathroom, masturbated in front of her and fondled her breasts.

“I was afraid of Harvey Weinstein — that he would hurt me, or send someone to hurt me, or ruin my career, or make my life hell,” Young told the court.

When Young testified in New York in February 2020, she was not among the accusers whose stories would lead to Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault conviction and a 23-year sentence. But prosecutors asked her to testify to help establish a pattern of Weinstein’s hunt for women.

In Los Angeles, Weinstein faces the same sexual assault allegations.

She said Monday that she was a model in early 2013 aspiring to be an actress and screenwriter, and through Weinstein’s assistant-turned-friend, she arranged to meet him at the Montage Hotel on the night of February 2 . November 2013, about a screenplay she was working on.

Young testified that Weinstein was distracted and disinterested during the meeting, and instead suggested that she might be a reality TV host on a show like “America’s Next Top Model,” which his company helped produce.

Weinstein soon said he had to get ready to present director Quentin Tarantino with an award at the Los Angeles Italia Film Festival and that she should accompany him to his room to continue the conversation.

Young said Weinstein led them into the room and then into the bathroom, and his assistant closed the door behind them, leaving them alone.

She said she was stunned when he quickly undressed and briefly got into the shower, then came out and stopped her from leaving as she headed for the door.

“I was disgusted,” she said. “I’d never seen a guy that big naked before. I actually laughed nervously.”

She said she hit a sink and turned away from him. He then unzipped her dress and groped her with one hand while masturbating with the other.

“I was really disgusted with his body and the look he gave me,” Young said. “I was wondering how to get out of here safely, what am I going to do?”

She said she repeatedly told him “no.” When he was done, she left the hotel and never saw him again.

Like all women accused of sexual assault by Weinstein, Young is going to court in Jane Doe’s trial. The Associated Press does not typically publish the names of people making allegations of sexual assault unless they give their consent, as Young did through her attorney.

Young’s testimony at the New York trial closely matched her account. But during cross-examination, Weinstein’s attorney, Alan Jackson, pointed out that it differed in many ways from her early reports to police, starting in 2018, when she called a hotline set up for reports about Weinstein after the #MeToo movement erupted was.

Young first told detectives that the attack had happened a year earlier, days after she had dinner with Weinstein at a Beverly Hills restaurant. Jackson pointed out that she only said the same thing in 2020.

“I was certain I was being sexually assaulted,” Young said.

“That wasn’t my question,” the attorney replied. “I’m asking the time. Something you would remember.”

Jackson also brought up her previous confusion over the location of the attack in early interviews with authorities.

“When you told your story the first three times, you had no idea what hotel it even happened at,” Jackson said. “You didn’t even mention Monday.”

“I had pushed it out of my mind,” Young said.

She admitted she didn’t know the hotel was the Montag, now known as the Maybourne, until a police officer suspected it might be the case and she went to have a look.

According to an indictment and a court testimony, Young’s attack came the day after Weinstein raped an Italian model at another hotel in the run-up to this year’s Oscars, where Weinstein has starred annually.

Weinstein, 70, has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of rape and sexual assault involving five women, and he has repeatedly denied engaging in non-consensual sex.

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