The defense rested their case yesterday in the Harvey Weinstein trial. They did not put up the defense they promised as a number of witnesses failed to appear. It was a short but exciting day in court as it seemed that Harvey Weinstein wanted to testify and the court went into recess while Weinstein consulted with his attorneys. Ultimately, they took the decision that he should not take the stand. A spokesman said Harvey Weinstein made the decision reluctantly.
The last person to take the witness stand for the defense was Thomas Richards. Richards is a friend of Jessica Mann who testified that Mann was friendly with Weinstein shortly a few hours after she says she was raped by him. Richards was staying with Mann in the hotel in New York where the alleged rape took place. He testified Weinstein asked her to stay another night and she agreed with no indication that she was in distress at the time.