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In January of this year, in the rio Maria Maya, has received a notification that would put it in the center of one of the greatest scandals of today: the actress, 35 years old, was subpoenaed to testify as witnesses in the trial against the american actor Harvey Weinstein, the powerful Hollywood producer, and the allegation of harassment, sexual assault, rape and a sexual predator.

Maya, who was a roommate of the actress Jessica Mann, 35, is a key piece in the process of Weinstein. Despite dozens of women who have come to the public to give with the producer, even the famous and powerful, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, uma Thurman and Salma Hayek, among many others, have been the specific cases, of which two of the victims who came to the courts and american courts. One of them was your work.

The american Jessica Mann, which was one of the victims who denounced Weinstein, and took them to their destination. Photo: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty Images
The american Jessica Mann, which was one of the victims who denounced Weinstein, and took them to their destination. Photo: Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty Images

The maya and Mann, who met on the set of the shoot at the end of 2012. The american, who had no where to sleep. It was then when the friend of brazil, and invited her to sleep in her room in a hotel. Both start in the race at that time, were distributed in the ceiling, about five or six months, in the hard life to which precedes the former, or to disappointment in los angeles. A degree in marketing from the Superior School of Propaganda and Marketing (ESPM), the serena that he always dreamed of com with the dream of becoming an actress, and after taking acting classes, and embarked on a two-year course at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

In consequence, the Mayans and Mann were found Weinstein, at a party, about two months after you have begun to share the floor at the beginning of 2013. The magazine noted that she was alone, and when the producer who brought up the topic, after that the companion has arrived. “In fact, that I headed, and got into the conversation of the afternoon. I was alone, eating a plate of food. He approached me, it became a joke, and people have returned to speak. Five minutes later, joined the conversation”.

“With the actress and the brazilian model, strengthened, as it has not come out in defense of the Weinstein, who has just been invited by the Justice to declare on the which was agreed to: “I have seen a little later, when the american said that she had been raped), and that seemed to be the usual”

The result of this meeting has been very different for the two. The brazilian returned to meet with the producer, in the cafes, dinners and events, but always quickly. “I have not had the intimacy or friendship with him.”

His friend, however, has become the nearest of the Weinstein, in a relationship much more complex. Depending on the version of Mann, in march 2013, Weinstein, who took her to a hotel in New York, and sent it to her and to take away the clothes, threatened her and raped her. Even after the traumatic situation, the two maintained a relationship for eight months, until she told him and an e-mail saying that I had a new boyfriend.

The actress Maria Maya, during the process of production. Photo: Daniel Bryan R. Smith / Efe
The actress Maria Maya, during the process of production. Photo: Daniel Bryan R. Smith / Efe

And this is where the Maya, re-enters the story, in a time of change. It was present in the next meeting between Weinstein and co-worker, at a hotel in Los Angeles, california. The latest version of Mann, the producer, took off his pants and said to the shouting: “you will owe me one”. The brazilian was left out of the room and she could not say what is going on in its interior, but has reminded us that the before and the after. According to her, the love and the friendship, which came usually in the bathroom and he went out, not shown in the scene violent that is going on inside your body. “I’ve seen it a bit, since it seemed that was all normal, without any type of payment…”, he told the journal of the TIME, and in the same line of what was said at the court of justice of the united states.

The american actress was strengthened in no time it went on sale in the defense of Harvey Weinstein, who has only been invited to formally testify to what they remembered. “What is very difficult for me, and that is, when she is invited by the defense, in which the people look as if they’re there to defend Harvey. I did not go there to defend themselves in any way. I was not defending Jessica in their work. I Went to tell my version, ” for justice to be done. This is my duty as a citizen”, desabafou.

Mary Maya, in the short
Mary Maya, in the short “Tempest ” desert”, written by herself. According to Maya, the film is a criticism of the prevalent attitude opportunistic Los Angeles, california, and a study on how people treat women who are inebriadas”. Photo: Spread

In the strategy of the defense, in the notebook of Maya is crucial. This is a case without the consideration of the body of the crime and that, no witnesses of what happened in the room of a hotel. The company that he founded along with his brother, and Weinstein, forced the workers to sign non-disclosure agreements. None of the two actresses got in touch with the police, immediately after his meeting with the producer. In the months that followed the decision of a jury in New York, and had the fear that in the average legal american, of the that the attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in charge of the office of the prosecutor, would have been wrong to bring the case to court. In the version of the lawyers of Weinstein, the movement #MeToo had gotten out of control and has become a kind of witch-hunt, without evidence, that all the acusadoras, and said that he was taken as a truth. The statement of the brazilian, who was there, that indicates that there might be a free buffet in the soil.

“Weinstein, has been convicted of the rape and sexual abuse, and that you will now have to comply with a sanction, which can vary between five and 29 years of deprivation of liberty. Has been declared innocent of the accusation of being a “sexual predator”, what could complicate even more the situation”

The argument of the defense, which has not been enough to get rid of Weinstein of the chain as a whole. In a landmark decision, the court convicted him of the producer, for the rape and sexual abuse, and for the relief of which more than 90 acusadoras. That compares in favor of the condemnation, is the large number of cases, which have been shown to be a pattern of behavior. In the two cases that have been sustained with a penalty that can range between five and 29 years in prison, which were, precisely, the of Mann, and Mary (Haley, a former assistant director, of production, of the accuses Weinstein of forcing you to have oral sex in the year 2006. Mann, who never hid that, after the first meeting, which had maintained a relationship spoiled with a Weinstein, thinking more about his career, and with the fear of the wrath of a producer, but that doesn’t change the fact of having been raped by him.

In the group of women that break the silence, and have been made public, harassment, and sexual assault who suffer from the Weinstein. Photo: Frederic J. Brown / AFP
In the group of women that break the silence, and have been made public, harassment, and sexual assault who suffer from the Weinstein. Photo: Frederic J. Brown / AFP

Even before the verdict of the court, the serena, was worried about his professional career, with the fear that the intentional involvement in the process of which you were not to perfection. Since he came to the united States, in the year 2009, it has accumulated a few appearances in american movies, with a tip in the series Results and with a starring role in the movie of suspense He’s looking atfact especialmene on TELEVISION. He is also working as an actress in Spain, lends his voice to the protagonist of the novelinha children’s playground Girl vampireissued by the children’s channel of Gloob, of Globosat. At present, this project is the promotion of the metro-goldwyn-mayer, which was directed by. Titled: Tempest desertthe film is connected to the discussion raised by the movement #MeToo. In his own words: “it Is the attitude opportunistic Los Angeles, california, and a study on how people treat women who are inebriadas”. But it is a concern that does not get out of your head. “When a newspaper publishes ‘Mary, Maya, who has been a witness, says Harvey Weinstein’, which, to me, is an opportunity in my career.”