The disgraced movie mogul's trial is underway and the testimonies from women who've been rapped by him have been compelling, disgusting and uncomfortable to say the least.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra shared her devastating encounter with Harvey Weinstein in the winter of 1993-1994.
Sciorra claims Weinstein knocked on her door then forced his way in and climbed on top of her. She was stunned and unable to get him off of her because of his overpowering size. Weinstein also reportedly held her arms down on the bed to prevent her from doing anything.
She also went on to say that she didn't realize it was rape at first because she visualized rape as "something that happened in a back alley in a dark place by somebody you didn’t know holding a gun to your head."
Sciorra went on to reveal that due to the incident, she began to cut herself, drinking a lot and secluded herself to numb the pain.
Here's what she said:
She says that Weinstein pushed his way into her apartment after dropping her off. “He kept coming at me and I felt very overpowered because he was very big,” she said. “He led me into the bedroom and he shoved me onto the bed. I can’t tell you exactly when his pants came off or exactly what happened. I don’t think his shirt ever got completely off. … As I was trying to get him off of me — I was punching him, I was kicking him — and he took my hands and put them over my head, he put my hands over my head to hold them back and he got on top of me and he raped me. He put his penis inside my vagina. He had intercourse while I was trying to fight but I couldn’t fight anymore because he had my hands locked.”
Sciorra continued: “At a certain point, he stopped. He came out of me and he ejaculated on top of me, on my nightgown. He said, ‘I have perfect timing.’ And then he proceeded to put his mouth on my vagina and before he did that, he said, ‘This is for you.’ And I didn’t have very much fight left inside me at this point. I said, ‘No, no.’ But there was not much I could do at that point. My body shut down. It was just so disgusting that my body started to shake in a way that was very unusual. I didn’t even really know what was happening. It was like a seizure or something.”
Donna Rotunno, Weinstein’s lead attorney, challenged Sciorra’s memory and behavior during cross-examination on Thursday afternoon. “You have no idea of the month, or potentially the year” of the incident, Rotunno told Sciorra. The actress contested that charge, saying that she was sure that it took place in the late months of 1993 or early months of 1994.
The lawyer pushed her on the address of the building in Gramercy Park that she resided in at the time. “You weren’t even really sure of the address,” she said. Sciorra responded, “I blocked most of that part of my mind out.”
Rotunno said that Sciorra was “drinking a lot” at the dinner that preceded the incident, though the actress said that she only had one glass of wine. She asked Sciorra if it was true that her behavior and drinking was called into question by the film production she was working on.
She also told jurors during cross-examination that Sciorra was sued by her landlord for $360,000 in “major damage” to the apartment, which the actress conceded.
After the incident, Sciorra told the prosecution on Thursday morning that she "pretended it never happened because I wanted to get back to my life. … I resumed my life to the best of my ability."
She didn’t call the police, she said, “because he was someone I knew.” She said she had thought Weinstein was “a nice person” and an “OK guy” before the alleged attack.
She told the jurors that she later confronted Weinstein about the incident. “I tried to talk to him about what happened and I told him how I woke up and that I blacked out, naked, and he said, ‘ ‘That’s what all the nice Catholic girls say.” Then he leaned into me and said, ‘This remains between you and I.’ It was very menacing. His eyes were black and I thought he was going to hit me right there. And it was threatening. And I was afraid.”
During the testimony, assistant district attorney Joan Illuzzi produced a copy of the script that Sciorra was given for the 1997 film Copland, which she starred in. Sciorra maintains that she did not initially realize that the film was to be produced by Weinstein’s company at the time, Mirimax. The jurors were shown that the script does not say “Mirimax” on it.
The defense, in opening arguments on Wednesday, mentioned her role in the film as exculpatory evidence that she maintained a professional relationship with Weinstein and collaborated with his company.
While she was the Cannes Film Festival promoting the film, Sciorra was given a hotel room that was adjacent to Weinstein’s room, which she was “not happy” about. She got an early-morning knock on the door. “When I opened the door, the defendant was in his underwear with a bottle of baby oil in one hand and a video tape in the other,” she said.
Later, she had a run-in with Weinstein at an industry event. “Suddenly, I felt a hand on my back. I was wearing a low-cut dress, and as I turned around he immediately took his hand off me and went away.”
Sciorra said that she was contacted by a journalist in March 2017 and asked if “something had happened” between her and Weinstein. She did not tell the journalist what happened, she said. “I was afraid,” she explained.
The level of hurt, pain, shame and mental illness these women go through after being shell-shocked like this is so heartbreaking.
We hope justice is served and powerful predators like Harvey Weinstein are removed off the streets and from the industry if he is found guilty.
You are innocent until proven guilty in court but it appears the evidence against him is piling up.