NEW YORK (AP) – The name that keeps coming up during deliberations at Harvey By Weinstein grated trial – Annabella Sciorra – will be front and center again on Friday when jurors are expected to hear a reading of much of her testimony.
Before concluding its third day of deliberations on Thursday, the Manhattan jury sent the judge a note indicating that it wished to review the cross-examination of the “Sopranos” actress and any subsequent questioning by prosecutors.
The jury has already focused on emails Weinstein sent about Sciorra, including those to the private Israeli spy agency he allegedly enlisted to dig up dirt on potential accusers as the reporters were working on stories about allegations against him in 2017.
Sciorra, now 59, was the first accuser to testify and appeared on the witness stand almost a month ago, telling jurors how the once powerful film mogul presented himself in such a way unexpectedly at the door of her Manhattan apartment before barging in, raping, and forcing oral sex. on it in late 1993 or early 1994.
In cross-examination, Sciorra was questioned as to why she opened her door in the first place and couldn’t find a way to escape if attacked.
Weinstein’s attorney, Donna Rotunno, asked, “Why didn’t you try to run out of the apartment?” Did you scratch it? Try to poke him in the eye?
“He was too big” to fight, Sciorra replied at one point. “He was scary.
Weinstein, 67, is charged with five counts stemming from allegations by Sciorra and two other women – an aspiring actress who says she raped her in March 2013 and a former film and television production assistant, Mimi Haleyi, who claims to have forcibly performed oral sex. on it in March 2006.
Sciorra’s charges are key to the most serious charges jurors are weighing in the closely watched #MeToo case – two counts of predatory sexual assault, carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison. The prosecution requires prosecutors to show that a defendant has previously committed rape or other sexual crime, but does not have the status of limiting constraints that would prevent his allegations from being considered by themselves.
The Associated Press has a policy of not publishing the names of people who allege sexual assault without their consent. He withholds the name of the rape accuser because it is not clear whether she wishes to be identified publicly.