Actress Annabella Sciorra, whose report that Harvey Weinstein raped her did not result in convictions for the disgraced mogul during Monday’s trial, broke her silence by saying that her testimony was “painful but necessary.”
A few hours after Weinstein was found guilty of rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act in the first degree, 59-year-old Sciorra issued a statement.
“My testimony was painful but necessary. I spoke for myself and with the power of the eighty plus victims of Harvey Weinstein in my heart, “she said.
“Although we hope for continuous just results that bring absolute justice, we can never regret breaking the silence. Because by speaking truth to power, we pave the way for a fairer culture, free from the scourge of violence against women. ”
Weinstein was released from two counts of predatory assault, which depended on Sciorra’s testimony.
By not finding him guilty on those points, the jury indicated that they did not believe without reasonable doubt that Weinstein had raped and attacked her in her apartment in Gramercy Park, New York.
Annabella Sciorra (left) spoke Monday about the Harvey Weinstein (left) verdict, after her accusations against the mogul did not lead to convictions
Sciorra is one of six women who came forward and testified against the 67-year-old film products during the trial in New York.
In January, she claimed in a five-hour testimony that Weinstein raped her in the winter of 1993 to 1994 and told the jurors how she desperately tried to fight him.
She told the courtroom that Weisntein came into her room and began to unbutton his shirt.
Sciorra (photo) said she did not regret her testimony and said it was “painful but necessary” and that she spoke “with the power of the eighty plus victims of Harvey Weinstein in my heart”
“He led me to the bedroom and pushed me onto the bed. I can’t tell you exactly when his pants came out or exactly what happened. I don’t think his shirt ever went out completely, “she said.
“While I was trying to get him off me – I hit him, I kicked him – and he took my hands and put them over my head, he put my hands over my head to stop them and he went on top of me and he raped me. I could not fight anymore because he had my hands locked.
“It was just so disgusting that my body started shaking in a way that was very unusual. I didn’t even really know what was going on. It looked like an attack or something.
Sciorra accused Weinstein of raping her in the winter of 1993 to 1994 and told jurors that she was trying to fight him
“I’m not sure if I fainted or fell asleep or darkened, but I woke up on the floor with my kind of nightdress and I didn’t know if anything else had happened.”
THE COSTS AGAINST WEINSTEIN EXCLUDED
Of which Weinstein was accused:
Harvey Weinstein was accused of raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a hotel room in Manhattan and forcing oral sex on assistant for the production of films Mimi Haleyi in his apartment in 2006.
What are the FIVE charges he was confronted with:
Jessica Mann: Rape in the first degree and rape in the third degree
The first-degree charge alleges that Weinstein used physical violence or an implied or pronounced threat that led the alleged victim to immediate death or injury. The third degree only accuses a lack of permission.
Mimi Haleyi: Criminal sexual act for her forced oral sex claim.
Two counts of predatory assault, one for each of the charges.
How the robbery complaints work:
According to New York law, a way in which a person can be found guilty of predatory assault is if he or she has committed certain sexual crimes in the past, even if that behavior has not led to criminal prosecution.
In Weinstein’s case, prosecutors claimed that he had raped Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra at the end of 1993 or early 1994 – an accusation too old to form the basis for criminal prosecution for the statute of limitations.
The jury convicted Weinstein for the third degree of rape for Mann. He was found guilty of a criminal sexual act for Haleyi.
Weinstein was not found guilty of the two counts of predatory assault and rape in the first degree for Mann.
To find him guilty of predatory assault, the jury had to believe Sciorra’s allegations and that he committed one of the other accused crimes involving Mann or Haleyi.
How much time could he face?
The criminal sex indictment carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years. Rape in the third degree has a maximum prison sentence of 4 years.
Why did three other accusers testify during the trial:
Three other women – costume designer Dawn Dunning, model Tarale Wulff and actress Lauren Marie Young – testified that they were tempted for professional reasons to meet Weinstein and then be touched or raped.
Their allegations were not the basis of any indictment, but were put forward to help prosecutors demonstrate that Weinstein had a characteristic behavioral pattern. According to New York state law, they are known as “Molineux” witnesses.
After meeting Harvey at a later time, she threatened to warn her: “This will stay between you and me.
At other times in the 1990s, Sciorra said that Weinstein sent her packages of Valium and a box of chocolate pens and turned up early one morning in her hotel room at the Cannes Film Festival in his underwear with body oil and video tape.
She said he left after frantically pressing buttons on the room telephone to call for help.
Sciorra said she bumped into him about a month later and confronted him with what was happening, and he said, “That’s what all the nice Catholic girls say.”
She claimed that Weinstein leaned toward her and threateningly added, “This will stay between you and me.”
“His eyes went black and I thought he would hit me there,” Sciorra testified.
Afterwards she spirited herself into cutting and heavy drinking, she told the jury.
She said that in the beginning she told no one about the alleged rape, not even her brothers, and said, “I wanted to pretend it never happened … I wanted to go back to my life.”
Her friend and fashion model Kara Young testified that a troubled Sciorra “looked like a mess” with long cuts on her legs when the two watched the Academy Awards together in 1994.
Do the Right Thing actress Rosie Perez also testified during the trial that Sciorra told her in the mid-1990s that Weinstein had raped her but that she could not go to the police because ‘he would destroy me’.
Weinstein’s lawyers later claimed that Sciorra never went to the police or a doctor about the alleged attack.
“At the time I didn’t understand that it was rape,” she said.
The jury that ruled on the Weinstein case did not find him guilty of two robberies against Sciorra and could not try to rap him in her case because of the expired statue of limitations.
Previously, Sciorra pursued a predatory attack with former production assistant Mimi Haleyi and the other with aspiring actress Jessica Mann.
The non-guilty verdict on those charges came from a unanimous jury decision that led them to consider lower allegations. This allowed Weinstein to avoid two life sentences.
Although Weinstein was not convicted of a charge against Sciorra, he was found guilty of third-degree rape by Jessica Mann and a criminal act of sex by Mimi Haleyi.
He now faces a maximum prison sentence of 29 years and was transported to Rikers Island in New York before being taken to the hospital for chest pain.
It was later confirmed that he suffered from high blood pressure and heart palpitations.
Despite not securing a conviction, several Sciorra supporters spoke out and expressed solidarity with the actress.
Although Weinstein was not convicted of a charge against Sciorra, he was found guilty of third-degree rape by Jessica Mann (left) and criminal sex act by Mimi Haleyi (right)
Rosie Perez, an actress who witnessed as a second witness during the trial, tweeted support for her friend, Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra. “Harvey Weinstein was handcuffed and taken to prison!
“Harvey Weinstein was handcuffed and taken to prison! Gone for my best friend #annabellasciorra who told the truth! Still, I congratulate her and everyone who came forward for their courage. This is not enough, but survivors have courage! This is still a great win! Congratulations Joan Illuzzi !, Perez tweeted.
Actress Alyssa Milano also tweeted in support of Sciorra and said: “#IbelieveAnnabellaSciorra”.
Actress Amber Tamblyn has shared the same hashtag on her Twitter.
Actress Alyssa Milano also tweeted in support of Sciorra, who testified during the trial and accused Weinstein of rape and said, “#IbelieveAnnabellaSciorra.”
Actress Amber Tamblyn also threw her support behind prosecutor Annabella Sciorra
Several other accusers spoke out after the verdict, including Rose McGowan.
“Today is a powerful day,” McGowan said. ‘And a huge step forward in collective healing. 20 years ago I decided to follow Weinstein because I heard he did this to someone else, and then I heard him do it to someone else and someone else. ”
“Today he is on Rikers Island because of the brave women who have exposed their greatest pain to show the world.
“For once he won’t be comfortable. For once he will know what it’s like to have strength around his neck. Today there is no referendum on #MeToo, this is putting the trash out, “she added.
Rose McGowan, one of Weinstein’s earliest accusers, said Monday, “Because of the brave women, he’s on Rikers Island.” She tweeted: “Today is a powerful day and a huge step forward in our collective healing”
Weinstein is still confronted with a trial of assault in Los Angeles, California, after being accused in 2013 of raping two women.
He is accused of raping one woman and sexually abusing the other on consecutive nights. The charges were announced the night before his rape trial in New York began.
Weinstein is expected to appear in a Los Angeles court to hear the charges, regardless of the outcome of the New York trial.
The prosecutors of Los Angeles said that Weinstein and his unidentified prosecutor attended a Hollywood film festival on 17 February 2013.
After the woman returned to her hotel room, Weinstein knocked on her door and let him in. They spoke shortly before she claimed that he had attacked and raped her.
Prosecutors said that the woman had postponed the disclosure of the alleged attack because Weinstein partially threatened her life.
The following evening, the second prosecutor – model and actress Lauren Marie Young who testified in New York – said she was going to the Weinstein hotel room with an acquaintance of her after a business meeting.
According to the legal documents, she unintentionally followed Weinstein into the bathroom and the knowledge closed the door behind her. Weinstein bared naked, took a short shower, stripped the alleged victim naked, and then masturbated before he released her.
He is confronted up to 28 years in California prison if convicted on charges.
In addition to criminal cases, Weinstein is confronted with civil lawsuits brought by dozens of women for various allegations of sexual harassment or abuse.