The "Sopranos" star was reduced to tears when she detailed the alleged encounter between her and the 67-year-old movie producer, which she has claimed took place in a Manhattan apartment in 1993, when she appeared in court in NY city on Thursday (23.01.20).
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 production assistant Mimi Haleyi in his NY apartment in 2006 and raping an aspiring actress in a hotel room here in 2013. Hast said Weinstein became "more demanding and violent" during their encounters, leading to a March 18, 2013, incident where "the defendant decided he wanted more and forcibly took it".
The 59-year-old actress claimed Weinstein raped her and then ejaculated onto her leg and nightgown, before he started to perform oral sex on her without her consent.
Defense lawyers had initially objected to the inclusion of predatory sexual assault charges, noting that the alleged incident between Weinstein and Sciorra critical for a conviction occurred before NY enacted that statute.
That charge, which requires prosecutors to prove he sexually assaulted at least two people, carries possible life imprisonment. She said she learned in the course of subsequent negotiations that Miramax was behind the film.
"I thought he was going to hit me right there", Sciorra said.
"I don't know where Sylvester Stallone was staying".
More than 100 women have reportedly accused him of sexual assault or misconduct.
Tuerkheimer commented that while Sciorra is "often not discussed" as one of the two main alleged victims, "she's going to help establish, prosecutors hope, one of these very serious offenses".
She asked why Sciorra had not tried to get to her phone to call the doorman or 911 when she saw Weinstein coming at her.
"I was punching him, kicking him, trying to get him off me", Sciorra testified.
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Weinstein's lawyers sought to sow doubts about Sciorra's story, raising questions about her actions after the alleged rape and asking whether she had once described the encounter as "awkward sex", which she denied.
At the end, Sciorra said, Weinstein ejaculated on her leg and told her, "I have ideal timing".
Ms Sciorra said she was too shocked to report it to the police and she said when she confronted him about it a month later, she said he joked: "That's what all the nice Catholic girls say".
Because Sciorra's complaint is considered to have passed the statute of limitations to be prosecuted as a rape under New York law, her accusation will be used to support a charge of predatory sexual assault, according to The New York Times.
The jury of seven men and five women listened tentatively and took notes on her testimony.
"I didn't have very much fight left inside me at this point".
Mrs Rotunno also suggested that Miss Sciorra's judgment and recollection were clouded by drinking. "I thought he was an OK guy".
Earlier, as she was about to enter the courtroom, Sciorra looked up to the ceiling, then walked in steadily and appeared to glance at Weinstein as she passed the defense table.
"He put my hands over my head like this", she said, stretching her hands in the air to demonstrate for this jury. Though he laughed, his tone was "very menacing", Sciorra said. She claimed she returned to him under the prospect of acting work, Hast said, and Weinstein offered her film roles if she'd engage in a threesome with him and another woman.
She would later act in another Weinstein-produced picture, 1997's "Cop Land", though she said she didn't realize when auditioning that his studio was involved. "I felt confused. I felt like I wished I never opened the door", Miss Sciorra said.
Hast described an alleged meeting between Haleyi and Weinstein where "she returned to meet him at the Tribeca hotel. I didn't want to talk about what happened".