Entertainment Rosie Perez called to testify for Annabella Sciorra

Rosie Perez called to testify for Annabella Sciorra


NEW YORK – Prosecutors in Harvey Weinstein’s sex-crimes trial called actress Rosie Perez to testify Friday afternoon about “The Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra.

On Thursday, Sciorra testified in court that she told Perez that Weinstein had raped her in the winter of 1993-94. Sciorra said she talked to Perez about the alleged attack a few months after it happened, and Perez was the only person she confided in.

Perez, a former co-host of “The View” who got her big break with Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” in the 1989, took the stand in an effort to corroborate friend Sciorra’s accusations against Weinstein. She arrived in a Manhattan courthouse Friday afternoon wearing all black clothes, a black hat and large sunglasses.

Earlier, before a lunch break, Sam Anson, senior managing director of Guidepost Solutions, said on the stand he was contacted by Weinstein in August 2017 to investigate people on Weinstein’s list.

“He was concerned people on the list were providing information to journalists who were writing stories about him,” Anson said. “He was concerned the articles being written about him would discuss his sexual conduct in a negative way…. He also did raise the possibility he was being extorted in that respect.”

He said Sciorra’s name was listed in red on the list, and that Weinstein “mentioned a woman by the name of Rose McGowan.” (McGowan was one of Weinstein’s earliest accusers, whose allegation that he raped her years ago led to media exposes in October 2017 that described decades of alleged sexual misconduct by Weinstein.)

Actress Rosie Perez arrives for Harvey Weinstein's rape trial, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 in New York.

In the 20-minute call he received from Weinstein, Anson said the movie producer was “agitated, not happy.”

Anson also said that he didn’t actually carry out the investigation Weinstein sought.

Anson’s statements after prosecutors called forensic psychiatrist Barbara Ziv to the stand to testify about her expertise in the field of sexual assault and how “rape trauma syndrome” affects victims.


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