Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to
sexually assaulting Mimi Haleyi and Jessica Mann. Haleyi has
already testified against him, as has another woman, actress
While Sciorra's allegation is too old to support a separate rape
charge against Weinstein, prosecutors hope it will show he is a
repeat sexual predator - a charge that could put him in prison
Since 2017, more than 80 women, including many famous actresses,
have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.
The accusations fueled the #MeToo movement, in which women have
accused powerful men in business, entertainment, media and
politics of sexual misconduct. The trial is widely seen as a
watershed moment for the movement.
Weinstein, who reshaped the independent film industry with
critically acclaimed pictures such as “The English Patient” and
“Shakespeare in Love,” has denied the allegations and said any
sexual encounters were consensual.
Haleyi, who worked as a production assistant on a Weinstein
television show, told jurors on Monday that Weinstein invited
her to his Manhattan home in July 2006 and attacked her, backing
her into a bedroom and forcing oral sex on her.
One of Weinstein's lawyers, Damon Cheronis, cross-examined her
about her continued contact with Weinstein after the alleged
attack, including friendly emails and a meeting in London.
Haleyi said she had "buried" the memory of the encounter and
tried to maintain a professional and social relationship with
Sciorra, known for her role on HBO's "The Sopranos," testified
last week that Weinstein forced his way into her Manhattan
apartment one winter night in 1993 or 1994 and violently raped
During cross-examination, another one of Weinstein's lawyers,
Donna Rotunno, grilled Sciorra about whether she had called the
police, gone to the hospital or immediately told anyone she had
been raped. Sciorra replied that she had not, saying she did not
realize what had happened was rape at the time.
Mann, a former aspiring actress who Weinstein is accused of
raping in 2013, has yet to testify.
(Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; Editing by Noeleen
Walder and Tom Brown)
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