Cross-examination drives key Weinstein accuser to tears

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Harvey Weinstein (Graphic courtesy: MGN Online)

NEW YORK (AP) – A key accuser in the New York City rape trial of Harvey Weinstein faced a vigorous cross-examination that drove her to tears.

The drama prompted the judge to send the jury home about an hour earlier than usual Monday.

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While on the stand, the woman answered questions about why she maintained a relationship with Weinstein despite her allegations that the once-powerful movie mogul raped her.

The testimony comes at a pivotal moment in the trial of Weinstein, who became one of the #MeToo movement’s top targets.

He is charged in New York with the 2013 rape and also sexually assaulting Mimi Haleyi, a former “Project Runway” production assistant, in 2006. He has insisted that any sexual encounters were consensual.