Annabella Sciorra details her alleged rape in Harvey Weinstein trial

Actress Annabella Sciorra has confronted Harvey Weinstein from a NY witness box, her voice quivering as she recounted a rape accusation she kept largely private for decades.

Months later, Perez said, she heard rumours that Weinstein was stalking Sciorra in London and concluded he was the rapist.

"The Sopranos" actress has said Weinstein raped and sexually assaulted her at her Manhattan apartment in the winter of 1993-1994. Until then, to her rape meant something that could happen in dark places and back alleyways by someone you didn't know. 'I didn't have very much fight left inside me. "My body just shut down".

"But when you vote out an indictment based on a particular incident, obviously Sciorra is going to be able to come into court and testify about it", she added.

One morning, she entered her hotel room around 5:00 am and Harvey was there wearing only her underwear while holding a bottle of baby oil.

The producer allegedly raped her again the following November, when she agreed to cut Weinstein's hair in another hotel room. "He was someone I knew", she said. In the interview, Sciorra said she would make up elaborate stories when she felt uncomfortable talking about her personal life.

"She said, 'I think I was raped, ' and the way she said it was so odd, because she was still whispering and she said, 'I was raped, ' and her voice started shaking, and I said, 'Do you think or did it happen?'"

He then forcibly performed oral sex on the actress, the prosecution said. She claims that Weinstein stopped her from booking roles for years and Sciorra's friend Rosie Perez told The New Yorker that Sciorra "started acting weird and getting reclusive".

Judd filed a lawsuit against Weinstein in May 2019 for defamation and sexual harassment, claiming that Weinstein spread lies about her after she rejected his sexual advances, which severely damaged her career.

Earlier on Thursday, forensic psychiatrist Barbara Ziv testified as an expert for prosecutors about why some sexual assault victims do not report attacks or avoid their abusers.

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Because Sciorra's complaint is considered to have passed the statute of limitations to be prosecuted as a rape under New York law, her accusation will be used to support a charge of predatory sexual assault, according to The New York Times. His response was "menacing", she said.

Haleyi, a former production assistant, has alleged that in 2006, Weinstein took her to his NY apartment and forced himself on her.

Defence lawyer Damon Cheronis pressed Ms Perez on why she did not go to police, or to Ms Sciorra's home, when the actress first told her about the alleged assault.

Her testimony could help prosecutors show jurors why some women who have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct might have stayed in contact with him after it occurred.

The producer behind such Oscar-winning movies as Pulp Fiction and Shakespeare in Love has insisted any sexual encounters were consensual.

The defense also highlighted an August 2017 text message in which Sciorra told a friend she was broke and was "hoping Harvey has a job for me".

He has said all of his sexual encounters with women were consensual. "I was just trying to get away from him, and he put my hands over my head to hold me back, and he got on top of me, and he raped me".

Sciorra had already been interviewed by Farrow and initially denied to him that she had been attacked.

Rotunno, who began her cross-examination shortly before noon, repeatedly harped on the fact that Sciorra could not provide an exact date or time of the assault and picked at more intimate details of the alleged assault.

  • Michelle Webb