Friday's developments in court followed a dramatic day on Thursday when the first of the six named accusers in the case, "Sopranos" actress Annabella Sciorra, 59, took the stand to tell the jury that Weinstein raped her in her NY apartment in the winter of 1993-94, and then told her in a "threatening" and "menacing" way not to tell anyone.
The 59-year-old actress became the first of Weinstein's accusers to testify at his trial, where the movie mogul whose downfall gave rise to the #MeToo movement is charged with forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in his NY apartment in 2006 and raping an aspiring actress in a hotel room here in 2013. "I was punching him, kicking him to get him away from me, and he took my hands and put them over my head and held them back".
"He left her emotionally and physically destroyed and passed out on the floor", the prosecutor told a packed courtroom with more than 100 journalists in attendance.
Perez, testifying for the prosecution, said she called Sciorra one night to invite her to go out, but Sciorra answered in a "strange whisper of a voice". "My body just shut down", said Sciorra, wearing a navy blue dress with long sleeves. It was so disgusting that my body to started to shake in a way that was very unusual.
"Annabella said, 'I think something bad happened". It was like a seizure or something'.
Ms Sciorra only made the allegation public in 2017 after other women had come forward and accused of Weinstein of being a sexual predator.
The trial is widely seen as a watershed moment for #MeToo, in which women have accused powerful men in business, entertainment, media and politics of sexual misconduct.
Mr Cheronis said: "She didn't describe it as rape because it wasn't". She said she painted her wall red and wiped her blood on it.
On cross-examination, Cheronis asked Ziv if a woman could view a consensual encounter years later as nonconsensual because she had come to regret it.
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She has joined production assistant Mimi Haley and former The Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who have both also alleged assault against the fallen filmmaker.
In evaluating hundreds of victims, Ziv has found most victims "are assaulted by someone they know, don't physically resist or try to fight off their attacker, don't immediately report the assault and reach back out to their attacker", Hast said.
The actor, best known for her role in the TV drama Sopranos said Weinstein had overpowered and raped her in her apartment in the mid-1990s.
Model Kara Young told the court that while watching the 1994 Oscars at a friend's house she noticed Sciorra had cuts on her thighs.
"That contact can range from text messages to emails to continuing a relationship with them", she said.
Weinstein's lawyers sought to sow doubts about Sciorra's story, raising questions about her actions after the alleged rape and asking whether she had once described the encounter as "awkward sex", which she denied. She said she was in a nightgown and ready for bed by 10 p.m. when there was a knock at the door. "His eyes went black - I thought he was going to hit me right there".
Sciorra said she never called police and said she was "confused" at the time.
At one point she demonstrated how she says Weinstein, who towered over her my almost a foot, held her down on the bed, standing up and crossing her wrists high above her head.
Sciorra wouldn't say, replying only, "I woke up on the floor and my nighty was up", Perez said. "He put his penis inside of my vagina and he raped me", she repeated.