A few minutes ago, she smiled at jurors, joking about her debut in cinema. She, the Brooklyn kid raised in a modest Italian-American family, chaining the auditions for small roles in Broadway musicals… All relaxation has now gone. Tense face, flickering voice, Annabella Sciorra pauses for a long time, before plunging headlong into her story - her night of horror with Harvey Weinstein.
The 59-year-old actress is the first witness called by the prosecution in the trial of the ousted producer, who entered the tough on Wednesday. A choice that owes nothing to chance: if the facts are prescribed, the prosecutor obtained that the actress of the "Sopranos" could testify in order to support the story of the other two complainants and highlight the well-established operating mode of the accused, who faces life in prison for rape and sexual assault.
"I kicked him, I didn't make the weight ..."
Dressed in a long and elegant blue dress, Annabella Sciorra expresses herself in a calm, precise, solid tone. After a professional dinner which she places in 1993 or 1994, she tells that Harvey Weinstein, whom she barely knew but found "nice", offers to drop her off at her New York apartment. She is already ready to sleep when someone knocks on her front door a few minutes later. "I didn't have time to understand, he pushed the door and came back. The producer then goes around the place, makes sure that they are alone, then begins to unbutton, with a knowing air ...
"I told him to leave, that nothing was going to happen between us!" " Nothing works. Weinstein grabs her by the collar, leads her into the bedroom and throws her onto the bed. "I struggled," she describes. I kicked her, but I didn't make the weight… ”She places her hands cross above her head and turns to the jurors. "He was holding my wrists ..." His voice breaks. "He got on me. And he raped me ... "
Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi-Orbon asked him for more details. The actress swallows. Then, looking disgusted: "He took his penis and put it in my vagina ... In the end, he ejaculated on my nightgown. "I know exactly when to retire!" ", Would have boasted Weinstein ... before starting to give him cunnilingus. "This is for you," he would have said greedily. The protests of Annabella Sciorra, disgusted and exhausted, will once again be in vain.
The 33-year-old actress, plagued by shame and guilt, won't tell anyone: "I thought at the time that a rape was committed by a stranger in a dark alley under the threat of a weapon, ”she explains in tears. Recluse at home, she will gradually sink into alcohol, scarifying herself until covering an entire wall with her blood ... A few weeks later, she had nevertheless tried to explain herself with Harvey Weinstein, crossed in a restaurant. Today, she still remembers her threatening tone and the cynicism of her words: "Ah, these Catholic girls, all the same ..."
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