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How to look like Margot Robbie: Actress’s makeup artist shares secrets behind the star’s look

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Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff has revealed the beauty tricks she uses to paint the face of her most famous client, Margot Robbie.

Pati has looked after Margot, as well as Priyanka Chopra and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, for several years now – sharing tips along the way.

The award-winning makeup artist said healthy, glowing and well-prepped skin is the ‘be-all and end-all’ when it comes to the perfect makeup look.

Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff has revealed the beauty tricks she uses to paint the face of her most famous client, Margot Robbie (pictured in August 2019)

Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff has revealed the beauty tricks she uses to paint the face of her most famous client, Margot Robbie (pictured in August 2019)

Celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff has revealed the beauty tricks she uses to paint the face of her most famous client, Margot Robbie (pictured in August 2019)

HOW TO GET THE PERFECT PINK CHEEKS 

Once you’ve cleansed, toned, moisturised and primed the skin, Pati said the next most important thing is nailing the perfect pop of pink, creamy blush.

‘Apply a creamy pink blush with your fingers on the apple of your cheeks straight after foundation, and let it sit,’ Pati told Who What Wear

‘Then, after the rest of the face is done, a light dusting of loose powder should go on top, followed by a powder blush – like a whisper – using a fan brush.’

Pati said the reason why she does this last is because it lets her know how much more product she needs to make the face and makeup look balanced.

Meanwhile, using both cream and powder blush allows for a more natural look.

Pati said she will typically apply white or ivory liner on the bottom lid of the eye to make the eyes pop, and a light pink shadow in the inner corners (pictured: Margot Robbie in May 2019)

Pati said she will typically apply white or ivory liner on the bottom lid of the eye to make the eyes pop, and a light pink shadow in the inner corners (pictured: Margot Robbie in May 2019)

Pati said she will typically apply white or ivory liner on the bottom lid of the eye to make the eyes pop, and a light pink shadow in the inner corners (pictured: Margot Robbie in May 2019)

HOW TO NAIL THE PERFECT EYE BASE

The eyes are one area that many people are scared of over-doing when it comes to their makeup.

But Pati said a little bit of cream shadow in a neutral colour all over the lid will not only help even things out, but also ensure that your makeup stays put all day and night.

When it comes to products, the celebrity makeup artist likes Chanel Ombre Première Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in Scintillance and Mary Kay Cream Eye Color in Pale Blush. 

HOW TO SEAMLESSLY CONTOUR YOUR EYES

Once you’ve got a base on your eyelids, next you need to add some definition.

‘Soft matte tones give the eye gentle contour and prevent the application from looking flat,’ Pati said.

She swears by Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Neutral Matte, which she uses on many of her high-profile clients.

HOW TO LIFT YOUR ENTIRE LOOK 

But if you want to look like Margot, you not only have to apply base and contour to your eyes; you also need to make them pop.

To do this, Pati recommends you add a pop of light pink to the inner corners of your eye.

This will make your entire lid look bigger and more defined.  

While many makeup artists say their desert island beauty product is mascara, for Pati, a little mascara goes a long way - she never uses much on Margot (pictured in September 2019)

While many makeup artists say their desert island beauty product is mascara, for Pati, a little mascara goes a long way - she never uses much on Margot (pictured in September 2019)

While many makeup artists say their desert island beauty product is mascara, for Pati, a little mascara goes a long way – she never uses much on Margot (pictured in September 2019)

HOW TO OPEN UP YOUR EYES

The final trick Pati uses on Margot’s eyes is a hint of white, ivory or nude eyeliner – which she uses on the lower inner rim of the actress’s eyelids. 

By only lining the bottom part of your eyelids, you really open up and brighten your gaze.  

HOW TO GET FLUTTERY LASHES

While many makeup artists say their desert island beauty product is mascara, for Pati, a little mascara goes a long way.

The makeup artist said she likes to keep mascara minimal, as it helps the colours she’s used on the lids to pop and keeps the whole feel of Margot’s makeup look soft and glamorous.

Typically, she uses waterproof formulas like Giorgio Armani’s Eyes To Kill Mascara.

HOW TO GET THE PERFECT POUT

Finally, Pati finishes with lipstick and lip liner – and she opts for a ‘soft pink shade with a very neutral pencil for light definition’.

Pati favours Chanel’s Intime lipstick, which she will gently apply to Margot’s lips, before blotting and re-applying.  

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Harvey Weinstein arrives at court to face Sopranos actress and accuser Annabella Sciorra

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Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra cried as she took the stand in Harvey Weinstein’s New York trial on Thursday, telling jurors how she desperately tried to fight off the Hollywood producer before he raped her. 

In an emotional two hour testimony the 59-year-old described how Weinstein, 67, ‘overpowered’ her during the alleged assault at her Manhattan home in the early 1990s. 

She told jurors she ‘punched and kicked’ but ‘couldn’t fight anymore because he had my hands locked’ and said Weinstein told her he had ‘perfect timing’ after ejaculating on her nightgown. Sciorra, who began her testimony composed before choking back her tears, had told jurors an image of her with roses from around the time of the attack reminds her ‘very much of being raped by Harvey Weinstein’.

Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women, Mimi Haleyi and Jessica Mann. Sciorra’s rape allegation from the early 1990s is too old to be charged as a separate crime, but prosecutors hope it will show that Weinstein was a repeat sexual predator, a charge that could put him in prison for life. 

A visibly distressed Sciorra told the court: ‘(Weinstein) was there and pushed the door open, so I didn’t have an opportunity to know why he was there. Then he started to unbutton his shirt, and then I realized that in his head, he wanted to have sex and I didn’t want to. I realized what he wanted was pretty obvious, so I started to back up into my bathroom. I felt very overpowered because he was very big.’  

Turning her body away from Weinstein she said: ‘He led me into the bedroom and he shoved me onto the bed. I can’t tell you exactly when his pants came off or exactly what happened. I don’t think his shirt ever got completely off.

‘As I was trying to get him off of me — I was punching him, I was kicking him — and he took my hands and put them over my head, he put my hands over my head to hold them back and he got on top of me and he raped me. I couldn’t fight anymore because he had my hands locked.’ 

Describing the alleged assault as ‘disgusting’ she added: ‘At a certain point, he stopped. He came out of me and he ejaculated on top of me, on my nightgown. He said, “I have perfect timing”. And then he proceeded to put his mouth on my vagina and before he did that, he said, “This is for you”. And I didn’t have very much fight left inside me at this point. I said, “No, no”. But there was not much I could do at that point. My body shut down. 

‘It was just so disgusting that my body started to shake in a way that was very unusual. I didn’t even really know what was happening. It was like a seizure or something.

‘I’m not sure if I fainted or fell asleep or blacked out, but I woke up on the floor with my nightgown kind of up and I didn’t know if something else had happened.’

Prosecutors have accused Weinstein of committing violent attacks on aspiring actresses, who they said suffered shame and humiliation as they internalized trauma from the encounters. Defense attorneys countered that emails from the accusers to Weinstein would show they maintained warm relations, which could undermine a case that appears to rely primarily on the testimony of the accusers.  

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Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, pictured center on Thursday, is set to come face to face with Harvey Weinstein as prosecutors try to prove that the once powerful Hollywood producer was a serial sexual predator

Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, pictured center on Thursday, is set to come face to face with Harvey Weinstein as prosecutors try to prove that the once powerful Hollywood producer was a serial sexual predator

Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, pictured center on Thursday, is set to come face to face with Harvey Weinstein as prosecutors try to prove that the once powerful Hollywood producer was a serial sexual predator

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women in New York, and faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault. He said that any sexual encounters he has had have been consensual

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women in New York, and faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault. He said that any sexual encounters he has had have been consensual

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women in New York, and faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault. He said that any sexual encounters he has had have been consensual

Sciorra, who began her testimony composed, had told jurors an image of her with roses from around the time of the attack reminds her 'very much of being raped by Harvey Weinstein'. It is believed this is the image Sciorra was referring to

Sciorra, who began her testimony composed, had told jurors an image of her with roses from around the time of the attack reminds her 'very much of being raped by Harvey Weinstein'. It is believed this is the image Sciorra was referring to

It is believed these are the images Sciorra was referring to in her testimony

It is believed these are the images Sciorra was referring to in her testimony

Sciorra, who began her testimony composed, had told jurors an image of her with roses from around the time of the attack reminds her ‘very much of being raped by Harvey Weinstein’. It is believed these are the images Sciorra was referring to 

Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Criminal Court supported by members of his team on Thursday

Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Criminal Court supported by members of his team on Thursday

Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Criminal Court supported by members of his team on Thursday 

Annabella Sciorra is questioned by prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon on the stand as film producer Harvey Weinstein sits during his sexual assault trial at New York Criminal Court on Thursday

Annabella Sciorra is questioned by prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon on the stand as film producer Harvey Weinstein sits during his sexual assault trial at New York Criminal Court on Thursday

Annabella Sciorra is questioned by prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon on the stand as film producer Harvey Weinstein sits during his sexual assault trial at New York Criminal Court on Thursday 

THE WEINSTEIN JURY

18 people must be selected to make up the jury of 12 and six alternates. 

The 12 jurors includes; 

6 white men 

1 black man 

2 black women 

1 Latino woman  

2 white women  

Sciorra’s testimony sets up the first of several face-to-face confrontations between Weinstein and his accusers. 

Weinstein hobbled into court wearing a black suit, white shirt and gold tie and without the aid of his walker for a second day running Thursday. He was heavily supported by members of his legal team. Sciorra, wearing a navy dress and gold nacklace, walked into the courthouse alongside prosecutor Joan Illuzzi. 

Sciorra’s friend, actress Ellen Barkin, was also seen entering the court. ‘All my power All my heart All my strength I give to you dear friend and warrior … #AnnabellaSciorra,’ Barkin wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning. ‘I love you.’ 

When Sciorra said she ran into Weinstein about a month after the alleged attack and confronted him about what had happened, he parried, ‘That’s what all the nice Catholic girls say,’ she testified.

Then, she said, he leaned toward her with ‘black eyes’ and said menacingly: ‘This remains between you and I.’

‘I thought he was going to hit me right there,’ Sciorra said. The dramatic testimony came on the second day of Weinstein’s trial.

For more than a quarter-century, she told her story only a few people close to her about the encounter, until she came forward publicly in 2017. Now, Sciorra has become the first of Weinstein’s accusers to testify at his New York City rape trial, seen as a watershed for the #MeToo movement.  

Weinstein, who reshaped the independent film industry with critically acclaimed pictures such as ‘The English Patient’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ has denied the allegations and said any sexual encounters were consensual. As he left court on Wednesday, he told reporters he felt ‘very confident’ about the case. 

Actress Annabella Sciorra, left, with Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, right, on Thursday. Her testimony sets up the first of several face-to-face confrontations between Weinstein and his accusers

Actress Annabella Sciorra, left, with Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, right, on Thursday. Her testimony sets up the first of several face-to-face confrontations between Weinstein and his accusers

Actress Annabella Sciorra, left, with Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon, right, on Thursday. Her testimony sets up the first of several face-to-face confrontations between Weinstein and his accusers

Annabella Sciorra played Gloria Trillo in The Sopranos, pictured. Sciorra’s rape allegation from the early 1990s is too old to be charged as a separate crime , but prosecutors hope it will show that Weinstein was a repeat sexual predator

The Harvey Weinstein story: From studio to courtroom

1979 – Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob found independent film distribution and production company Miramax, naming it after their parents, Miriam and Max.

June 1993 – The Walt Disney Company buys Miramax for $80 million, but the brothers stay on until 2005.

May 1994 – Director Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction,’ starring Uma Thurman and John Travolta and backed by Miramax, wins the prestigious Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.

1997 – Miramax wins its first Academy Award for best picture with ‘The English Patient.’

1999 – Miramax’s ‘Shakespeare in Love’ wins seven Oscars – including best picture and best actress for Gwyneth Paltrow.

2004 – Weinstein divorces his first wife Eve Chilton, with whom he has three daughters.

2005 – The Weinstein brothers leave Miramax to set up their own production company, The Weinstein Company. 

2007 – Weinstein marries English fashion director Georgina Chapman.

October 5, 2017 – The New York Times reports Weinstein settled with eight women who accused him of unwanted physical contact and sexual harassment over three decades. Weinstein in a statement apologized for causing pain to colleagues and said he was taking a leave of absence and entering therapy. Reuters did not independently verify the details of the New York Times report.

October 6, 2017 – Weinstein takes indefinite leave of absence from The Weinstein Co. The company later says he is fired.

October 10, 2017 – The New Yorker reports allegations by 13 women who said Weinstein sexually harassed or assaulted them, including three who said he raped them. Weinstein again denies non-consensual sex. Reuters did not independently verify the details of The New Yorker’s accounts. Chapman, Weinstein’s wife, says she is leaving him.

October 14, 2017 – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group that selects the Oscar winners, expels Weinstein.

October 2017 – Actress Alyssa Milano fuels the expansion of the #MeToo movement, founded by Tarana Burke, by writing on Twitter: ‘If you’ve ever been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.’ In the following weeks, #MeToo would be used by millions of women.

January 1, 2018 – Hollywood celebrities launch the Time’s Up campaign to fight sexual harassment in the workplace. 

May 25, 2018 – Weinstein surrenders to New York police on charges of rape and a criminal sex act involving alleged assaults against two women, in 2004 and 2013.

June 5, 2018 – Weinstein pleads not guilty to the charges.

June 9, 2018 – Weinstein pleads not guilty to new charges of sexually assaulting a third woman in 2006.

October 11, 2018 – Weinstein wins dismissal of the charges over the alleged 2004 assault. Charges involving the other two women remain pending.

January 17, 2019 – Benjamin Brafman, Weinstein’s defense attorney, issues statement saying he is quitting, without elaborating.

January 25, 2019 – Weinstein appears in court to announce new defense team.

April 26, 2019 – Weinstein’s trial is delayed until Sept. 9 to allow defense more time to gather evidence.

July 11, 2019 – Weinstein hires third legal team after second team of defense attorneys exits the case.

August 26, 2019 – Weinstein pleads not guilty to new indictment involving the same two women accusing him of two counts of predatory sexual assault, in 2006 and 2013. His trial is pushed back to Jan. 6, 2020.

December 11, 2019 – Weinstein and his bankrupt studio reach tentative $25 million settlement with dozens of women who accused him of sexual misconduct. Representatives for Weinstein declined to comment. 

January 6, 2020 – Los Angeles prosecutors announce sexual assault charges against Weinstein just hours after he appears in a New York court for the start of his trial on rape charge; Weinstein’s rape trial begins in New York. 

Reporting by Reuters 

Since 2017, more than 80 women, including many famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.  

Miss Sciorra entered court wearing a navy dress and a gold pendant and did not look at Weinstein – but he stared at her.

Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzi asked her if she saw him in the court today and in a dramatic moment she stood up, pointed at him and said he was wearing a ‘black suit and white shirt’.

Miss Sciorra told the jury that she first met Weinstein at a party in Los Angeles around 1990.

Around that time she was in her early 30s and her star was on the rise after starring in films like ‘Jungle Fever’ and ‘The Hand that Rocks the Cradle’.

Miss Sciorra said that Weinstein persuaded her to take the lead part in ‘The Night We Never Met’ even though she was exhausted from doing two films back to back.

Weinstein said he would not do it unless she took the lead and she reluctantly agreed.

Miss Sciorra said that she began to attend a number of events to do with Miramax, his film production company, including a dinner at an Irish restaurant in New York in the winter of 1993 to 1994.

Among those who was there was Uma Thurman and at the end Miss Sciorra accepted a ride home from Weinstein.

She went upstairs and got ready for bed and then heard a knock at her door, so she went to open it thinking it was her doorman or a neighbor.

Miss Sciorra said she was wearing a nightgown given to her by her mother’s cousin in Italy – at this point her voice wobbled.

Miss Illuzi asked what happened when she opened the door and she began to cry and had to compose herself as described her alleged assault.  

Both legal teams kicked off their opening statements on Wednesday. The jury heard how one accuser, named for the first time as aspiring actress Jessica Mann, says Weinstein injected an erection drug before raping her in a Manhattan hotel in 2013. 

The court was told Weinstein used his close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton to ‘intimidate’ his victim and prosecutors also showed the jury a picture of Weinstein posing with Clinton during his presidency. 

Describing the once powerful Hollywood producer as a ‘savvy sexual predator’, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast added: ‘At the end of this trial, the evidence will be clear, that the man seated right there was not just a titan in Hollywood, but a rapist.’

But Weinstein lawyer Damon Cheronis described how Mann called Weinstein her casual boyfriend. She is also said to have texted him: ‘I love you, I always do, but I hate feeling like a booty call.’  

Prosecutors had already previewed Sciorra’s testimony in a lengthy, at-times graphic opening statement Wednesday that painted Weinstein as a sexual predator who used his film industry clout to abuse women for decades. 

‘The evidence will show that despite her protests, despite her fight, despite her body revolting, Harvey Weinstein felt he was entitled to take what he wanted from Annabella forcing her to live in terror of him for decades,’ prosecutor Meghan Hast told jurors in her opening statement.

That touched off several years of Weinstein tormenting Sciorra, Hast said, culminating in an incident at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 in which he arrived at her hotel door in his underwear, with a bottle of baby oil in hand. 

A petrified Sciorra ran to the back of the room and started hitting call buttons, at which point Weinstein left, Hast said. She’s one of four other accusers that prosecutors plan to call as witnesses during the month long trial. 

‘Annabella, Mimi, Dawn gratitude brave warriors we are with you in solidarity,’ actress Rosanna Arquette wrote on Twitter on Thursday. Dawn Dunning is among the women who are expected to testify about Weinstein’s pattern of behavior, although he is not charged with assaulting her.  

Damon Cheronis, one of Weinstein’s lawyers, said in his opening statement that Weinstein could not have gotten to Sciorra’s 17th floor apartment uninvited because her building had a doorman, and that Sciorra had in the past described the encounter as consensual.  

He questioned the validity of Sciorra’s account, saying she once told a friend that she ‘did a crazy thing and had sex with Harvey Weinstein’ and that she had a consensual encounter with him.

‘She didn’t describe it as rape because it wasn’t,’ Cheronis said. 

Cheronis offered a similar defense for the other accusations against his client. In each case, he said, women had reframed consensual relationships as predatory after the fact.

Cheronis said emails and text messages would show that Haleyi, who has said Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006, repeatedly reached out to him in the following years. Mann, whom Weinstein is accused of raping in 2013, even told Weinstein she wanted him to meet her mother after the alleged attack, Cheronis said.

Hast said that the women kept in touch with Weinstein because they ‘felt trapped.’ She told jurors they should not discount the allegations simply because Weinstein did not fit the profile of a rapist grabbing victims ‘in a back alley.’

‘Here the rapist was at the pinnacle of the very profession his victims strived to make a career in,’ she said.    

Weinstein climbs the stairs to Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday. The court was told Weinstein used his close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton to 'intimidate' his victim and prosecutors showed the jury a picture of Weinstein with Bill

Weinstein climbs the stairs to Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday. The court was told Weinstein used his close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton to 'intimidate' his victim and prosecutors showed the jury a picture of Weinstein with Bill

Weinstein climbs the stairs to Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday. The court was told Weinstein used his close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton to ‘intimidate’ his victim and prosecutors showed the jury a picture of Weinstein with Bill

Weinstein arrived on Thursday without the aid of his walker which had used the two weeks prior after back surgery

Weinstein arrived on Thursday without the aid of his walker which had used the two weeks prior after back surgery

Weinstein arrived on Thursday without the aid of his walker which had used the two weeks prior after back surgery 

Weinstein, who reshaped the independent film industry with critically acclaimed pictures such as 'The English Patient' and 'Shakespeare in Love,' has denied the allegations and said any sexual encounters were consensual. He is pictured Thursday

Weinstein, who reshaped the independent film industry with critically acclaimed pictures such as 'The English Patient' and 'Shakespeare in Love,' has denied the allegations and said any sexual encounters were consensual. He is pictured Thursday

Weinstein, who reshaped the independent film industry with critically acclaimed pictures such as ‘The English Patient’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love,’ has denied the allegations and said any sexual encounters were consensual. He is pictured Thursday

Files arrive at court for the Harvey Weinstein rape trial. Both legal teams kicked off their opening statements on Wednesday

Files arrive at court for the Harvey Weinstein rape trial. Both legal teams kicked off their opening statements on Wednesday

Files arrive at court for the Harvey Weinstein rape trial. Both legal teams kicked off their opening statements on Wednesday

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE BIGGEST TRIAL OF THE #METOO ERA – THE CHARGES AGAINST WEINSTEIN

Harvey Weinstein, once one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and criminal sexual assault. 

Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi, pictured, in 2006 and raping another woman in 2013

Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi, pictured, in 2006 and raping another woman in 2013

Weinstein is accused of sexually assaulting production assistant Mimi Haleyi, pictured, in 2006 and raping another woman in 2013 

Who are the accusers?

More than 80 women have publicly accused Weinstein, 67, of sexual misconduct, helping to fuel the #MeToo movement over the last two years. The criminal charges against him refer to just three accusers.

Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant on a Weinstein Company television show, has said that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in his Manhattan home in July 2006.

Actress Annabella Sciorra, best known for her role on HBO’s ‘The Sopranos,’ has said Weinstein raped her in her Manhattan apartment in 1993.

Prosecutors have accused Weinstein of raping another woman in March 2013 in Manhattan. She was named as aspiring actress Jessica Mann for the first time in court on January 22. 

Weinstein has said that any sexual encounters he had were consensual.

What are the charges? 

Weinstein is charged with a criminal sexual act in the first degree against Haleyi, and with rape for the 2013 allegation against Mann. He is charged with predatory sexual assault over both allegations.

Sciorra’s allegation is too old to be the basis of a separate charge, but is a crucial part of the predatory sexual assault charges, which require prosecutors to establish a pattern of serious sex crimes against multiple women.

Predatory sexual assault is the most serious charge against Weinstein, carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Who will testify against Weinstein? 

Haleyi, Sciorra and Mann are almost certain to testify in a trial that could last until early March.

Prosecutors will also call three other women to testify about encounters with Weinstein, even though he is not formally charged with crimes against them. Their testimony is intended to bolster the charges by showing that Weinstein had a consistent pattern of behaviour.

Prosecutors have also said that they expect to call Barbara Ziv, a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, to testify as an expert on the trauma resulting from sexual assault.

The Hollywood mogul climbed up the stairs as he arrived at a Manhattan courthouse on January 8

The Hollywood mogul climbed up the stairs as he arrived at a Manhattan courthouse on January 8

The Hollywood mogul climbed up the stairs as he arrived at a Manhattan courthouse on January 8

What is Weinstein’s defense?  

Weinstein’s lead lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told Reuters that Weinstein had a ‘slew of witnesses ready to go.’ She has said the defense would be introducing emails and text messages to prove that Weinstein’s accusers maintained relationships with him after his alleged assaults.

His lawyers have also said they plan to call psychologist Deborah Davis of the University of Nevada, Reno, to testify as an expert on memory, suggesting that Weinstein may try to call his accusers’ recollections into question.

What other legal risks does Weinstein face? 

Even if he is acquitted in Manhattan, Weinstein faces separate criminal charges announced on Jan. 6 by prosecutors in Los Angeles. Lawyer Rotunno declined to make an immediate comment on those charges.

Weinstein was charged with sexually assaulting two unidentified women in 2013, said Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. He was charged with raping one woman and sexually assaulting the other.

Reporting by Reuters

 

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Animal lover loses fight with brother who ‘wants to sell family farm to game shooter’

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After 15 years, David Martin has lost the fight over his family’s ‘angelic land’ (Picture: Champion News)

An eco-warrior who wanted to turn his dad’s £845,000 farm into a haven for wildlife has lost a high court battle to his estranged brother, who has different ideas.

David Martin, 70, is passionate about ‘rewilding’ the land around Car Colston, Nottinghamshire, which he says his family have farmed since medieval times.

The naturalist feels he and his brother John, who inherited the site after their dad Dennis’ death, should preserve some of the 62-acre site for future generations as a wildlife sanctuary.

For 15 years the pair have been fighting over the land, but after finally losing in court to his sibling, David fears a local tycoon racehorse breeder will snap it up and use his ‘angelic land’ for game shooting.

Retired postman John, 59, wants to sell most of the site to Nick Forman-Hardy, who has offered to pay £845,000 – around three times its market value.

David Martin outside London High Court
His dreams of using most of the land as a wildlife sanctuary have been shattered (Picture: Champion News)

During their dispute, David’s son James threatened to fill John’s access across the land with a herd of ’20 pigs’ if parts were sold to the businessman.

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But now the animal lover’s dreams are in shreds after a judge backed his younger brother’s bid to sell most of the site to their multi-millionaire neighbour.

Each of the Martins will retain only a small portion of the land, which they inherited from their dad after his death in 1990.

Two years later they sold the family farmhouse and 32 acres to Mr Forman-Hardy, whose family made its fortune in newspapers.

But the magnate, who is reputedly worth £100 million, built a large house on the land and has since made a series of increasingly generous offers for remaining Martin acres.

Field near Car Colston, Nottinghamshire
David said the family had farmed the ‘angelic land’ since medieval times (Picture: Champion News)

David, who claims a close bond with his ‘angelic land’, steadfastly refused to sell up and suggested he and John split it equally between themselves.

He has already rewilded some of 11 fields already, providing a refuge for rare species including birds, bats, grass snakes, butterflies, moths, insects and plants.

In a letter to John’s ex-partner he said: ‘The land is not for us to destroy but for future generations to enjoy.

‘The fields have always been a haven for wildlife, but in the last 30 years the land has developed into a unique habitat full of every living thing imaginable.’

David told the court he feared the land would not be conserved by Mr Forman-Hardy and ‘believed he would use the land to rear birds for shooting.’

Nick Forman Hardy.
The judge heard no evidence to confirm Nick Forman-Hardy wanted to use the land for game shooting (Picture: Champion News)

Judge Karen Shuman said she had heard no evidence about Mr Forman-Hardy’s precise plans for the land.

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But she said he ‘clearly has a special interest in purchasing the land surrounding his own land and house and is willing to pay more than the market value for it.’

John, who retired early for health reasons, accepted the the family’s strong historic bond with the land but said they only owned it ‘upwards of 100 years before World War One’.

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He said he wants to use some of the sale’s proceeds to provide for his young family and said David could easily create a sanctuary with the small piece of the farm he’d have left.

Judge Shuman said: ‘What relationship they had has utterly broken down. By 2006 the brothers were unable to speak to each other about any aspect of their co-ownership of the land.’

The court heard how one parcel of land, which David’s son threatened to move 20 pigs onto, was needed for vehicular access to John’s home and became a ‘flashpoint’ between the warring siblings.

The judge accepted John’s request for the sale of five land parcels to Mr Forman’s company and to divide the remaining two between him and his sibling.

She said there was no intention on the part of Dennis or his father that the land should be kept in the family or preserved as a wildlife haven.

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The 3.4 acre slice of land handed to David, is currently rented out and it will be up to him whether he wants to rewild it or not.

Judge Shuman added: ‘This is a sad family case, but nevertheless one that should be capable of resolution between the brothers without recourse to further hearings before the court, and the inevitable costs consequences.’

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Brit who left ‘suicide note’ by Bali cliff top may have faked own death

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Ryan Roth has been accused of scamming people across the UK, Australia, France and the US

A British businessman who mysteriously vanished may have staged his own suicide to avoid a string of fraud charges, according to police.

Ryan Roth’s abandoned motorbike was found next to a bottle of alcohol, bag and note to his former lover at a cliff top in Pecatu Village, Bali, on Monday morning.

The note said: ‘I’m sorry Alice. I’m the man you fell in love with but past things I never did maybe you feel I was a stranger. I’ll always love you. None of this is your fault. Your oldman xx.’

However, a body is yet to be recovered despite extensive searches of the area.

Alice, understood to be from Hong Kong, has spoken to police and said there had been no problems with him recently.

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Ryan Roth’s belongings and an apparent suicide note were found at a Bali cliff edge on Monday morning
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Police in Bali haven’t found his body and believe he could still be alive (Picture: Facebook)
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Alice Yu, Ryan.’s former lover, said she had not noticed anything different about him before his death  (Picture: LinkedIn)

Officials on the island are now exploring the possibility that Ryan, 39, from Southampton, could still be alive.

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Head of the search team Hari Adi Purnomo said: ‘We haven’t confirmed whether he fell, suicide, or leave the location safe.’

It has since emerged that police in New South Wales, Australia, wanted to speak to Ryan over allegations of fraud dating back to 2008.

A website claiming to uncover scams accuses him of swindling people out of money in several countries including the UK, US, Australia and France.

One post alleges that he sold a 1970s penny to an elderly woman for Aus$8,100 (£4,226), ‘essentially robbing her of her life savings’.

*NO PERMISSION* Ryan Roth aka Ryan Flynn, Bali
Ryan’s abandoned motorbike was found next to a bottle of alcohol, bag and note to his former lover at a cliff top in Pecatu Village, Bali

The same poster claimed he had outstanding rental payments in Sydney and ‘conned his girlfriend at the time of thousands of dollars, leaving her homeless’.

There were also allegations he scammed people ‘under the distasteful disguise of a child sex trafficking charity’, according to Australian news outlets.

Victims posting on the website claimed he used the alias Ryan Flyyn and was known for ‘conning people, especially women, for his personal gain’.

Bali police are appealing for people who know Ryan to come forward.

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Source: Metro News

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