A court ruled on Friday that actor Mel Gibson may be questioned as a witness in producer Harvey Weinstein’s upcoming rape trial.
According to Variety, prosecutors want Gibson to testify in favor of Jane Doe 3’s allegations that she was sexually assaulted after giving Weinstein a massage at his hotel in 2010.
The jury selection and pre-trial motion hearing processes are presently underway in the Weinstein trial.
The woman allegedly told Gibson about the event while giving Gibson a massage, according to deputy district attorney Marlene Martinez.
Gibson claimed that when he mentioned the name “Harvey,” Jane Doe 3 experienced a “PTSD reaction.”
Judge Lisa B. Lench dismissed Weinstein’s attorneys’ justifications for not allowing Gibson to testify.
According to Deadline, Mark Werksman, the attorney for Weinstein, claimed that Gibson shouldn’t be permitted to speak since he despises Weinstein.
“Shortly after (Gibson’s film ‘The Passion of the Christ’) came out, Mr. Weinstein’s publishing company, Miramax Books, put out a book called ‘Perspectives on Passion of the Christ’ debunking the movie’s anti-Semitic overtones and false depiction of the Jews.”
As a result, Mr. Gibson and [Mr.] Weinstein started fighting. The Jew Mr. Weinstein is… “Mr. Gibson was aware of that,” said Werksman.
“Any evidence of Mr. Gibson’s racism or anti-Semitism would give rise to a bias against my client, who challenged him,” he said.
Lench and Werkman quarreled over Werkman’s wish to use additional statements from Gibson that he deemed racist.
“How is it relevant if he’s racist toward African Americans or Latinos?” Lench asked, according to Variety.
More on this story via The Western Journal:
“It goes to his unwillingness to grant equal status to someone who is not of his ilk. He has a white-supremacist view,” Werksman said. “Someone with white-supremacist values might have no problem perjuring himself against a Jewish defendant.”… CONTINUE READING…