He pressed her on her mental health in the past, but the presiding officer, Cmdr. Robert Monahan Jr., restricted that line of questioning. Weinstein also questioned the accuser closely on how often she drank, how much and how many times she had blacked out in prior years. His interrogation style several times appeared to irritate Monahan, who at one point asked Weinstein to “stay away from sarcastic remarks.”
The young woman testified that she had a prior intimate relationship with Bush. She said she remembered a brief conversation with Bush the night of the party in a bedroom but not having sex with him.
The woman frequently responded to Weinstein’s questions by saying “I don’t know” and “I don’t remember.” But she remained calm.
The cross-examination is expected to continue Thursday.
The hearing comes amid questions about the military’s commitment to tackle sexual violence within its ranks. The Defense Department estimated that 26,000 service members were the targets of unwanted sexual contact last year, although there were only 3,374 incidents of sexual assault reported, the Pentagon said in May.
At the Naval Academy, there were 13 reports of sexual assault during the 2011-12 school year, compared with 22 the previous year, according to the most recent Defense Department statistics.
The Naval Academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller, decided in June that the former players would face charges.
Bush’s graduation was put on hold in May pending the outcome of the case. Graham is a senior, and Tate is a junior.
The hearing, which began Tuesday at the Washington Navy Yard, is expected to last several days, academy spokesman John Schofield said.
Under military law, the maximum penalty for rape is life in prison without the possibility of parole and a dishonorable discharge, said Lisa Windsor, a former judge advocate general who is in private practice in Washington. The men were also charged with making false statements. The maximum penalty for that offense is five years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.