“The definition of myself is not a victim, I’m a very strong woman,” she said. “I stand up for myself and I will stand up many other times because I have to be an example for my kids.”
Through faith, Jenny says she dissolved her feelings of hatred for Weinstein, but is “pre-occupied thinking about him being out.”
She’s aware of reports he sought treatment in Arizona.
“I see it like a game, like he’s not going to jail [because of treatment],” she said. “He’s smart. He’s been doing this for many years, so this is just a game.”
As for her case, Jenny’s attorney David Ring told CNN “the investigation is active and ongoing; there’s been no lull,” he said.
Ring won’t permit his client to speak directly about the allegations beyond referring to a Los Angeles Times interview she gave in October, shortly after going to the police. In it, Jenny accuses Weinstein of coming to her hotel room “without warning” after a brief encounter at the Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest in February 2013.
“He… bullied his way into my hotel room, saying, ‘I’m not going to [have sex with] you, I just want to talk,” she told The Times. “Once inside, he asked me questions about myself, but soon became very aggressive and demanding and kept asking to see me naked.”
Jenny told the paper she begged him to go away, but that he “grabbed me by the hair and forced me to do something I did not want to do,” she said. “He then dragged me to the bathroom and forcibly raped me.”
Through a spokesperson, Weinstein has repeatedly denied all allegations of “non-consensual sex.”
Six months have passed since Jenny told her story to LAPD detectives, and she remains confident her emotional journey will lead to charges.
“I believe it’s in God’s hands,” she said. “I can’t imagine this not going in a good way. Everything will go how it has to be.”
Legal experts say that the six-month timespan without charges in the case may stem from the fact Jenny did not go to the police in 2013. It was only after reports about Weinstein’s alleged misconduct in The New York Times and The New Yorker, fueling the #MeToo movement, that Jenny chose to come forward.
The D.A.’s office is likely interviewing as many people as it can to verify the story, said Dmitry Gorin, a former L.A. County sex crimes prosecutor.
“The family, her priest, the friends,” he said. “Did she complain to them soon after the fact? Those are called fresh complaint interviews. And those are people they’re going to want to interview to assess her credibility.”
A spokesperson for the district attorney declined to comment on the case.
Empowered by the Cosby case
The guilty verdict against Bill Cosby has empowered Jenny and Ring, her attorney, who sees similarities in the Weinstein case.
“Multiple alleged victims, a long history of alleged misconduct,” Ring said. “The difference between the first trial [that ended in a mistrial] and the second trial is that they used the law to allow other victims to testify” in support of Cosby’s primary accuser, he said.