Week 1 of Weinstein trial: Vile allegations, X-rated gifts


Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stood by her alleged friendship with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein as the former filmmaker's accusers gathered at a NY court for his rape and sexual assault trial.

Actress Annabella Sciorra, best known for her role as Gloria Trillo in HBO's The Sopranos, became the first accuser to testify against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in his sexual assault trial.

I was just trying to get him off of me, ' she said.

"I didn't have very much fight left inside me at this point. My body just shut down", she later shared that the event had left her traumatised, she had started drinking heavily and began cutting herself. She said she tried to run to the bathroom, but "he kept coming at me".

Weinstein's alleged attack of Sciorra is outside of the statute of limitations, and he is not directly charged with assaulting her.

Natalie Portman expressed her support for the 100-plus women who have accused Weinstein of sexual abuse-and one in particular: fellow actor Ashley Judd, with whom Portman starred in the 2000 movie Where the Heart Is.

Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting two women, Mimi Haleyi and Jessica Mann, and other charges that could put him in prison for life if he were convicted.

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.

The trial is widely seen as a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement, in which women have gone public with allegations against powerful men in business and politics. He then raped her in her bedroom after ignoring her resistance.

Such testimony is sometimes allowed in sexual assault cases if an alleged victim spoke to another person promptly, but the defense said Sciorra's conversations with Perez don't qualify.

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Miss Sciorra claimed that during the 1990s, Weinstein made other crude overtures and often sent her packages with X-rated chocolates and Valium. The Hollywood mogul then offered to drive the actress back to her Manhattan apartment.

The producer allegedly raped her again the following November, when she agreed to cut Weinstein's hair in another hotel room.

"She looked at the label of the wrapper and later Googled it", learning that it was for an erectile dysfunction drug, Hast said.

Sciorra held her hands over her head, and facing the jurors, she clasped her wrists.

The Sopranos star Annabella Sciorra thought she was suffering a seizure after Harvey Weinstein allegedly raped her in her apartment.

Earlier in the day, a private eye testified how Weinstein e-mailed him a "red flag list" with dozens of names to investigate as possible sources for reporters digging into allegations of his long-rumored aberrant sexual behavior. Rotunno also accused Sciorra of providing inconsistent information about the exact location of the apartment.

Sciorra did not tell police about the incident and she does not remember telling anybody about it for years.

Weinstein has denied any nonconsensual sex, and his lawyers said in opening statements on Wednesday that emails from his accusers would show they maintained warm relations with him after the alleged attacks.

"I got very scared", backed away and pushed all the direct dial buttons on the phone to try to summon help, she testified.

According to the actress, the two first met at a party in Los Angeles sometime in early 1990s, after which he gave her a ride home.