“The Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra is expected to testify at Harvey Weinstein’s upcoming Manhattan sex-assault trial, according to sources and newly unsealed court papers.
Sciorra, 59, who starred in the hit HBO mob series as well as the film “True Love,” publicly accused the fallen film mogul of violently raping her in a 2017 New Yorker magazine article.
Sources now say she is one of a handful of witnesses that Justice James Burke has ruled could testify at Weinstein’s upcoming sex-assault trial to prove a pattern of behavior, even though he’s not charged with crimes against them.
Burke issued his decision April 26 during a closed-door hearing.
Weinstein was indicted on charges he forcibly performed oral sex on production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006 and raped a longtime lover in a Manhattan hotel in 2013.
In the newly unsealed court papers, Assistant DA Joan Illuzzi-Orbon does not identify Sciorra by name but describes the attack on the victim as occurring in the early part of 1993 in a residence on East 21st Street in Gramercy Park. Sources identified the actress as the victim.
“The defendant engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sexual conduct by forcible compulsion,” the prosecutor wrote in the papers.
Sciorra told the magazine that in the early 90s, she went to a dinner in Manhattan and that Weinstein offered to drop her off at her home. She accepted.
A few minutes after she entered her apartment, she heard a knock on the door, and she opened it a crack. It was Weinstein. He allegedly forced his way in, then began undressing.
She told him she wasn’t interested and to get out, the magazine reported. Then, Weinstein pounced on her.
“He shoved me onto the bed, and he got on top of me,” Sciorra said. “I kicked, and I yelled.”
He finished by ejaculating on her nightgown — a family heirloom — then allegedly held her down while he performed oral sex on her, she told the New Yorker.
According to court papers, Sciorra’s allegations will help bolster the most serious charge against Weinstein: predatory sexual assault, for which he faces up to life in prison. The charge requires at least two serious sex crimes against separate victims.
“We can’t comment on the specifics,” said Weinstein spokesman Juda Engelmeyer. “Any challenge we face, we’re prepared to deal with in court.”
The case is slated to go to trial Sept. 9.
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