Weinstein defense grills actress Annabella Sciorra about alleged rape
Actress Annabella Sciorra testified on Thursday that Harvey Weinstein pinned her...Brendan Pierson 4 Min Read NEW YORK (Reuters) - Actress Annabella Sciorra testified on Thursday that Harvey Weinstein pinned her hands behind her head and violently raped her more than 25 years ago, becoming the first accuser to take the stand against the former Hollywood producer in his sexual assault trial. “He had intercourse with me as I tried to fight, but I couldn’t fight anymore because he had my hands locked,” she told the New York jury of seven men and five women. Weinstein, sitting at the defense table, appeared mostly to be looking down. Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women, Mimi Haleyi and Jessica Mann. He has said all of his sexual encounters with women were consensual. The trial is a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement, in which women have gone public with allegations against powerful men in business and politics. Since 2017, more than 80 women, including many famous actresses, have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein reshaped the independent film industry with critically acclaimed pictures such as “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love.” Related Coverage Timeline: The Harvey Weinstein story: From studio to courtroom in 40 years Actresses Ellen Barkin, Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette sent Twitter messages of support to Sciorra, best known for her role in HBO’s “The Sopranos.” Barkin was in the courtroom. Sciorra’s allegation from the winter of 1993-94 is too old to be charged as a separate crime, but prosecutors hope it will show that Weinstein was a repeat sexual predator, a charge that could put him in prison for life. On Wednesday, Weinstein’s lawyer said during opening statements that Sciorra had in the past described the encounter as consensual. Defense attorneys said that emails from the accusers to Weinstein would show they maintained warm relations, which could undermine a case that appears to rely primarily on the testimony of the accusers. Sciorra told the jury that the evening had started with Weinstein giving her a ride home from an Irish restaurant. After dropping her off, he knocked on her door and came inside uninvited. Then, she said, he dragged her into her bedroom and pinned her hands down behind her head. She testified that after forcing intercourse on her, he performed oral sex on her as she protested. “It was just so disgusting that my body started to shake in a way that was very unusual,” she said. “It was like a seizure or something.” Actor Annabella Sciorra is questioned by prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon (not seen) on the stand in front of Judge James Burke as film producer Harvey Weinstein sits during his sexual assault trial at New York Criminal Court in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S. January 23, 2020 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES One of Weinstein’s attorneys, Donna Rotunno, methodically sought to undercut Sciorra’s account. Rotunno repeatedly asked Sciorra if she had tried to get away from Weinstein and whether she had fought back during the alleged rape. Sciorra said she did not recall the details but repeated that she felt she could not escape. “He was frightening,” she said. During rapid-fire questioning, Rotunno grilled Sciorra about whether she had called the police, gone to the hospital or told anyone she had been raped. Sciorra said she had not. “At the time, I didn’t understand that it was rape,” she said. The actress spoke softly but maintained her composure during the cross-examination, which was expected to continue in the afternoon. Slideshow (10 Images) Assistant District Attorney Meghan Hast said on Wednesday that the women kept in touch with Weinstein because they “felt trapped.” She told jurors they should not discount the allegations simply because Weinstein did not fit the profile of a rapist grabbing victims “in a back alley.” Sciorra told prosecutors that she saw Weinstein several weeks later at a dinner where she tried to confront him and told him how she fainted during the alleged attack. She said he responded by saying, “That’s what all the nice Catholic girls say.” She said Weinstein leaned in and said: “This remains between you and I.” Though he laughed, his tone was “very menacing,” Sciorra said. Writing by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware; Reporting By Brendan Pierson and Maria Caspani in New York; Editing by Noeleen Walder, Cynthia Osterman and Jonathan Oatis Our Standards: Read more: Reuters Top News
Should ask her how many other’s she’s slept with to get acting jobs & why she’s picking on Wienstien. I’m no fan of Harvey but most if not all could have walk away or placed charges when these things happen **INSERT NAME-COPY-TWEET** Dear Senator, Your impartial justice Impeachment oath requires you to cross the aisle and vote for the admission of 4 witnesses and 4 documents necessary to honor that oath. I am prepared to vote you out of office. Thank you.
I’m confused! Does she have two left arms? 🧐 need a better artist Annabella should sue the sketch artist. “At the time, I didn’t understand that it was rape,” she said. Of course, try the victim to free the scum! Мужик-зверь.
Actress Sciorra on alleged Weinstein rape: 'I couldn't fight anymore'Actress Annabella Sciorra testified that Harvey Weinstein pinned her hands behin... Prison. Women need to find more respectable ways to reach d top bt entitled men make sure they get their dubious due frm women,dumb founded by force
Actress Annabella Sciorra confronts Weinstein from the witness standActress Annabella Sciorra is confronting Harvey Weinstein at his New York City rape trial, more than a quarter-century after she says he pinned her to a bed and raped her. In part two - coming up soon - you'll be able to hear her painful testimony in the daily podcast of Ann & Phelim's verbatim - read word for word - play. AP_Scoop
Annabella Sciorra Testifies That Harvey Weinstein Raped Her: ‘My Body Shut Down’Annabella Sciorra said in court testimony Thursday that Harvey Weinstein raped her more than two decades ago. Called as a witness for Weinstein’s rape trial in New York, the actor — at … It's called shock. Intense fear can make you paralyzed.
Annabella Sciorra Tells Jury Chilling Recollection Of Night Harvey Weinstein Raped HerAnnabella Sciorra recounted to a jury how Harvey Weinstein burst into her apartment some time in the winter of 1993-94, pinned her on a bed and raped her, leaving her so traumatized that she began …
Annabella Sciorra: Harvey Weinstein held me down, raped meActress Annabella Sciorra confronted Harvey Weinstein at his rape trial, testifying that he pinned her to a bed and raped her in the 1990s. Weinstein has insisted any sexual encounters were consensual. When’s the last time Harvey looked at himself in the mirror? We all know the truth “Weinstein has insisted any sexual encounters were consensual.” So did Cosby...
Harvey Weinstein trial: 'Sopranos' actress Annabella Sciorra takes the stand, details rapeAnnabella Sciorra was the first accuser to take the stand in Harvey Weinstein's sex-crimes trial. She says he raped her in the winter of 1993-94. You going down champ,dont cry now,they putting you in jail they dont care if you blind, cripple,or crazy your going. Clown Will Hillary and Bill Clinton be testifying for Weinstein defense? Nickbenik7 Good for her this wasn’t in Turkey or she had to marry him