Annabella Sciorra says Harvey Weinstein raped her
Annabella Sciorra confronted Harvey Weinstein from the witness stand Thursday, testifying that the former Hollywood studio boss overpowered and raped her and made other crude overtures that included sending her X-rated chocolates and showing up uninvited in his underwear with a bottle of baby oil in one hand and a video in the other.
Annabella Sciorra said Harvey Weinstein pinned her hands behind her head and violently raped her more than 25 years ago, becoming the first accuser to take the stand against the former Hollywood producer in his sexual assault trial.
In a quivering voice, Sciorra told the jury that the burly Weinstein barged into her apartment in the mid-1990s, threw her on a bed and forced himself on her as she tried to fight him off by kicking and punching him.
“I was punching him, I was kicking him, I was trying to get him away from me,” But, “He got on top of me and he raped me.”Annabella Sciorra
Sciorra said she met the now-disgraced producer at a party in Los Angeles, and he would occasionally send her gifts. On one occasion, she received a box of chocolate penises. On another, a selection of movies, some popcorn and a bottle of Valium.
The night of the alleged attack, Sciorra said she had gone out to dinner with Weinstein and other people, and Weinstein offered to drive her home. She had already gone inside, brushed her teeth and changed into pajamas when he knocked. Sciorra opened it thinking it was a neighbor or her doorman.
What Weinstein wanted “was pretty obvious” after he “pushed the door open,”Annabella Sciorra
“He started to unbutton his shirt, and then I realized that, in his head, he wanted to have sex and I didn’t want to.”Annabella Sciorra
I was just shaking like a seizure. I don’t know how else to describe it.Annabella Sciorra
She said she backed up toward her bathroom as he approached her, thinking of taking refuge there. But Weinstein grabbed her torso and brought her to the bedroom, where he raped her, Sciorra alleged. She said she fought back until he pinned her arms above her head.
Afterward, Sciorra said,
he forcibly performed oral sex on her, allegedly saying, “This is for you.”Annabella Sciorra
“I was just shaking like a seizure,” she told the courtroom. “I don’t know how else to describe it.”
Weeks later, she testified, she confronted him about the assault to let him know she blacked out afterward.
“That’s what all the nice Catholic girls say,” Weinstein allegedly replied. He then leaned in threateningly,Annabella Sciorra
she said, and told her, “This remains between you and I.”
She said she was too scared and confused to call police. After the alleged assault, she began self-harming, cutting her hands and fingers.
Weinstein did not leave her alone in the years that followed, once trying to gain access to her hotel room while she was filming a movie in 1994, Sciorra said. She also said he once showed up at her apartment in 1997 in just his underwear, holding a bottle of baby oil in one hand and a videotape in the other.