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Defense rests without Harvey Weinstein testifying at rape trial

It was expected that Weinstein wouldn't take the stand to avoid giving prosecutors the opportunity to grill him on cross-examination.
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Harvey Weinstein arrives for his rape trial, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The defense rested its case Tuesday morning in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial. 

His lawyers relied on just a few witnesses to supplement aggressive cross-examination aimed at undercutting his accusers all while keeping the disgraced Hollywood producer off the witness stand. 

It was expected that Weinstein wouldn't take the stand to avoid giving prosecutors the opportunity to grill him on cross-examination about disturbing allegations that six of his accusers detailed for a Manhattan jury of seven men and five women. 

The 67-year-old Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex in 2006 on a different woman. 

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Weinstein has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual.

The start of his New York trial began right after Los Angeles prosecutors charged the disgraced movie titan with sexually assaulting two women there during Oscar week in 2013