The judge ordered a break — but Mann's wails could be heard from the witness room behind closed doors. When she came back to continue her testimony, she was just as distraught. In the witness chair, she folded herself over to hide her face as she cried.
Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon tried to comfort the fragile witness outside the presence of the jury, telling her to "take a deep breath" and assuring her that the defense lawyer was "just doing her job."
Mann — in a 2014 email to an ex-boyfriend — referred to a "sexual assault" that did not appear to be one of the nonconsensual encounters she attributes to the Oscar-winning producer.
She was shaking and too upset to speak when defense lawyer Donna Rotunno asked if the mention had to do with abuse from her younger years.
Mann did not get an answer out before Justice James Burke sent the jury out for a break.
The mention in her writing was in the context of how Mann handles her relationships. She seemed to want to justify her involvement with Weinstein.
Weinstein provided "all the validation I needed," she wrote to a boyfriend, a successful actor, who she said was critical of her Weinstein connection.
Mann was on the witness stand for nearly a full day of grueling cross-examination. She had to answer for her history of interactions with Weinstein, particularly why she remained in a five-year consensual relationship with the producer who she now alleges raped her in 2013.
The former aspriring actress was also faced with glaring inconsistencies in her testimony — including a timeline for when Weinstein allegedly first roped her into an unwanted sex act that does not match what she told jurors last week.
Mann, 34, was confronted with a trove of flattering and flirtatious emails, as well as the fact that she tried to set up a date for Weinstein to meet her mother. The witness, who was argumentative with the defense lawyer, told Weinstein it would be “great” if she could introduce her mother to the famous moviemaker.
“[My mother] would love to meet you plus you could see how good my genes are,” Mann said in the July 29, 2014, email exchange. That was more than a year after Mann says Weinstein raped her at a hotel in Manhattan, and she was still admittedly trying to keep him as a presence in her life.
She repeatedly testified that she was being “manipulated” by the Miramax founder to explain why she didn’t decide to cut off contact with him, suggesting she kept an open line with Weinstein to “protect” herself.
In a confusing explanation, Mann said she “engaged with my abuser” due to “what I believed in my mind and the perception of the society that I lived in.” She pointed to “the things in the way that he did threaten me,” without being specific about any threats she faced.
Mann admitted that she never got a movie part from Weinstein — only a single audition for 2014 film “Vampire Academy.” But she kept their relationship afloat for years, she said, because she was “scared.”
“Jessica, you could have walked away from Harvey Weinstein and never seen him again, correct?” Rotunno asked.
“Not from my point of view,” the witness said.
Later, Rotunno asked if it was “possible the reason you didn’t get the part is because you just weren’t that good?”
Mann called it “a horrible audition” after previously complaining about the setting of the reading and calling it a fake audition.
Emails she was shown serve to contradict another part of her narrative. She said last week that Weinstein raped her at the Peninsula hotel in Los Angeles when she told him she was dating an actor — the same boyfriend from the email that made her weep. She specifically told jurors that when she broke the news to Weinstein, he grew enraged and said she “owed” him sex one more time.
But emails between Mann and Weinstein show he was already well aware of her new relationship by the time she says she was raped by him.
Mann’s dramatic testimony on Friday lasted for about five hours as she insisted Weinstein lured her into a long-term consensual relationship.
Prosecutors painted her as a “naive” young woman whose sheltered childhood on a dairy farm in Washington state left her unprepared to deal with the aggressive and persistent Hollywood power broker.
At one point, she was scolded by the judge for not answering direct questions and later she insisted that she remained in contact with Weinstein for five years — and had willing sexual encounters with him both before and after the alleged sexual assault — because she had “compassion” for the wealthy and successful film producer.
Mann says Weinstein raped her at a room he booked at the DoubleTree hotel in Manhattan on March 18, 2013. For that alleged encounter, he’s charged with rape in the first and third degrees.
He’s also charged with criminal sex act for allegedly forcing oral sex on ex-production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his SoHo apartment on July 10, 2006.
But Weinstein faces the most potential prison time for a pair of predatory sexual assault counts, alleging patterns of sexual assaults. Those counts involve actress Annabella Sciorra, who was one of the first witnesses and gave an emotional account of Weinstein allegedly forcing himself on her after barging into her apartment in late 1993 or early 1994.
“I was punching him. I was kicking him. I was just trying to get him away from me, and he took my hands and put them over my head,” the veteran actress testified about two weeks ago.