New York (AP) - The actress Annabella Sciorra (59) emotionally described in the trial against Harvey Weinstein how the former Hollywood mogul allegedly raped her.
Weinstein broke into her apartment in New York in the early 1990s and took off his shirt, said Sciorra, who is known from the series "The Sopranos", on Thursday in New York court. «I told him to go. But he kept coming up to me and I felt overwhelmed because he was very tall. I hit and kicked him, I tried to get him away from me. ”But he held her and raped her.
After that, he threatened her and warned that she should not tell anyone about the incident. She felt very bad after that, Sciorra said. "I started drinking a lot and inflicting cuts on myself." Sciorra's accusations are statute-barred, but the prosecution hopes to use her - and others - statements to prove that Weinstein's offenses are not isolated cases. The 67-year-old listened to Sciorra's statements calmly and took notes from time to time. Previously, he was limping into the courtroom with the help of a member of his team.
On Wednesday, the public prosecutor and defense had a tough exchange of blows in their opening pleadings. The prosecutor described the 67-year-old as a "sex offender and rapist", Weinstein's team attacked the credibility of the witnesses.
The trial is primarily about allegations by two women: Weinstein is said to have forced production assistant Mimi Haleyi to have oral sex in 2006, and is said to have raped another woman in 2013. Weinstein denies all allegations.
A tough battle between the prosecution and the defense of the witnesses' credibility is expected in the coming weeks - in the end, the twelve jurors will decide on guilt or innocence. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment. More than 80 women have accused Weinstein of sexual assault since 2017, triggering the global MeToo movement.