The 59-year-old actress became the first of Weinstein's accusers to testify at his trial, where the movie mogul whose downfall gave rise to the.MeToo movement is charged with forcibly performing oral sex on former "Project Runway" production assistant Mimi Haleyi in his NY apartment in 2006 and raping an aspiring actress in a hotel room here in 2013.
Ms Perez, whose film credits include Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing", told jurors that Ms Sciorra shared details of the alleged assault, including that Mr Weinstein had pinned her arms above her head as he raped her.
She told the jury: "I was wearing that nightgown and he, as I was trying to get him off of me ..."
Several months later, Perez said she got a phone call from Sciorra, who was in London, who eventually said it was Weinstein who assaulted her.
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She said: "I pretended it never happened because I wanted to get on with my life". It was like a seizure or something'.
According to prosecutors, Perez surmised through subsequent conversations that Weinstein was the alleged attacker, and an upset Sciorra told Perez that was true when she asked. She is just one of three women who testifies against the former executive of The Weinstein Company.
Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women, Mimi Haleyi and Jessica Mann.
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Weinstein, a onetime studio boss whose downfall energized the #MeToo movement, is charged with forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in his NY apartment in 2006 and raping an aspiring actress in a NY hotel room in 2013. She said she painted her wall red and wiped her blood on it. Weinstein's attorney Damon Cheronis attacked the credibility of the women's stories during his opening statements and picked apart their timelines.
"It took 25 years before she was able to confront her nightmare and tell her story", Hast said.
Annabella Sciorra, best known for playing Gloria Trillo in "The Sopranos", went face to face with Weinstein at his trial in NY.
Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein arrives at court in NY for his rape trial on Friday (Saturday NZT).
In opening statements on Wednesday, another Weinstein lawyer, Damon Cheronis, argued the encounter was consensual, not rape, saying Miss Sciorra once told a friend that she "did a insane thing and had sex with Harvey Weinstein". "I felt at the time that rape was something that happened in a back alleyway in a dark place".
"She was different", Young said.
Although Sciorra did not report the incident to the police at the time, she described how the incident traumatized her and changed her personality.
Weinstein was hunched over at the defence table during his lawyer's moment in the spotlight, chewing his way through a roll of Mentos as Cheronis offered the first official counternarrative to the depiction of Weinstein as a monster and predator that has taken hold in the media since allegations against him started the #MeToo movement in October 2017. She was nominated for the award for best-supporting actress, but unfortunately never won.
The attack left her emotionally brutalized and she began drinking heavily and cutting herself, she told jurors. Rotunno asked. Sciorra replied: "No".