On Thursday, Annabella Sciorra gave an emotional testimony stating that Harvey Weinstein raped her more than 25 years ago.
With tears in her eyes and voice breaking, Sciorra told the jury, “I was punching him. I was kicking him. I was just trying to get him away from me, and he took my hands and put them over my head.”
During Weinstein’s sexual assault trial, Sciorra said, “He got on top of me and he raped me,” She said Weinstein performed oral sex during the alleged assault.
Weinstein is facing five sex-crime charges that stemmed from sexual misconduct allegations, which sparked the worldwide #MeToo movement in 2017.
Sciorra is the prosecution’s bold-name witness, who appeared in several movies and TV shows. She was also nominated for Emmy’s.
The 59-year-old actress described the attack in-depth in her five hours of testimony, adding, “It was just so disgusting that my body started to shake.”
The Sopranos actress said she had no romantic interest in Weinstein. Describing how Weinstein approached her, Sciorra said he arrived at her Manhattan apartment uninvited one night in late 1993 after a group dinner.
He dropped her off at her building and left, but later he managed to get to her 17th-floor apartment without a call-up and forced his way inside.
Sciorra told about the incident to her close friend, Rosie Perez, around the time it happened. Perez may later be testified for more details of the conversation.
Weinstein has also been charged with raping actress Jessica Mann in 2013 and having a forced sex act on Mimi Haleyi in 2006.
He could face up to 10 years to life in prison if he is convicted of predatory sexual assault.
Actress Ellen Barkin, who was in line to get in the courthouse as early as 6:45 am, she tweeted support for Sciorra.
She wrote, “All my power All my heart All my strength I give to you dear friend and warrior … #AnnabellaSciorra I love you. ‘The truth will out’ #MeTooTooManyTimes.” Kevin Armstrong, who contributed to this report, has mentioned the detailed testimony of Sciorra in The Washington Post.