“This is for you” Annabella Sciorra testifies that Harvey Weinstein raped her

In visceral detail, Annabella Sciorra has recounted her treatment at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. His lawyers, however, believe the relationship to be consensual.

 

 

Trigger Warning: The following piece describes rape and sexual assault. 

 

Annabella Sciorra, best known for her role in The Sopranos, has testified that Harvey Weinstein forced himself into her apartment and raped her 25 years ago.

“I was trying to get him off me,” Ms Sciorra said to the New York jury. “I was punching him, kicking him.”

If convicted, Weinstein, 67, could face the rest of his life behind bars; he denies all charges, which include rape and sexual assault.

While the alleged incident happened too long ago to be pursued under New York law, Weinstein’s prosecutors intend to use her testimony to illustrate the scale of his purported sexual predation. To do so, they must prove that he committed a “serious” sexual offence against at least two people.

 

After dropping her off, the producer shoved his way into her apartment, she said, and took her to a bedroom where he forced her on to a bed and sexually assaulted her.

 

Mr Weinstein is currently charged with raping one woman, Jessica Mann, in a hotel room in the New York borough in 2013, and performing a forcible sex act on a second woman, Mimi Haleyi, in 2006.

Weinstein’s lawyers disagree, saying that his actions were consensual, claiming that one relationship was even “loving”.

According to Sciorra’s visceral testimony, she had dinner with Weinstein in the winter of 1993. The mogul then offered to drive her home.

After dropping her off, the producer shoved his way into her apartment, she said, and took her to a bedroom where he forced her on to a bed and sexually assaulted her.

Mr Weinstein ignored her attempts to fight him off, said Sciorra, fighting back tears.

“He got on top of me and he raped me,” she said. “He had intercourse with me and I was trying to fight him, but I couldn’t fight anymore because he had my hands locked.”

She said he then forcibly performed oral sex on her, telling her: “This is for you.”

“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.”

Ms Sciorra said she confronted Mr Weinstein at a dinner weeks later. His response was “menacing”, she said. The producer allegedly leaned into her and said: “This remains between you and I.”

“It was threatening and I was afraid,” the actress testified.

According to Sciorra, the harassment followed her to 1997, and the Cannes Film Festival. Sciorra said she “opened her hotel room door to find Mr Weinstein standing in front of her, holding a bottle of baby oil and a movie tape.”

“I got very scared,” she said.

Asked by prosecutor Joan Illuzzi why she did not call the police, Ms Sciorra said she was “confused”.

“He was someone I knew,” she said. “I felt at the time that rape was something that happened in a back alleyway in a dark place.”

Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 80 women, but few of the complaints have led to criminal charges.

Earlier this month, prosecutors in Los Angeles charged Mr Weinstein with the rape and sexual assault of two additional women.

 

 

 

 

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