Annabella Sciorra Claims She Was Violently Raped by Harvey Weinstein: "I Felt Disgusting"
The actress told The New Yorker she grew depressed and sought therapy after the producer forced sexual intercourse on her.
Annabella Sciorra has come forward to accuse disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein of violently raping her in the early 1990s.
In a follow-up report on Weinstein by Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker, the actress, who starred in Miramax's The Night We Never Met (1993), claims she had to receive therapy after the mogul forced sexual intercourse on her and subsequently harassed her on numerous occasions afterward.
After a dinner meeting, Sciorra said Weinstein forced entry into her apartment and immediately began unbuttoning his shirt. He cornered her until she was backed into her bedroom, even though Sciorra, who was dressed in a nightgown, insisted he leave.
"He shoved me onto the bed, and he got on top of me," she recalled. “I kicked and I yelled." Sciorra said she resisted while Weinstein raped her, and "when he was done, he ejaculated on my leg, and on my nightgown."
She continued, "And then he attempted to perform oral sex on me. And I struggled, but I had very little strength left in me."
The actress said her body then began to shake violently, almost as if she were "having a seizure," and Weinstein left.
Sciorra told The New Yorker she slept with a baseball bat by her bedside and sought therapy following the alleged attack.
"Like most of these women, I was so ashamed of what happened," she said. "And I fought. I fought. But still I was like, 'Why did I open that door? Who opens the door at that time of night?' I was definitely embarrassed by it. I felt disgusting. I felt like I had fucked up."
Years after the incident, Weinstein attempted to contact Sciorra again, and continued to make unwanted sexual advances.
"I'd come home from work and there’d be a message that Harvey Weinstein had called," she noted. "For nights after, I couldn't sleep. I piled furniture in front of the door, like in the movies."
On one particular night, the mogul appeared at her door "in his underwear, holding a bottle of baby oil in one hand and a tape, a movie, in the other," Sciorra said. She described the moment as "horrific," saying he left only when she contacted hotel staff.
The actress admitted she was fearful of what might happen to her career if she told anyone about her experience and regrets "not being stronger in the moment."
Weinstein has been accused of sexual harassment, assault and rape by over 60 women since the publication of two bombshell exposés by The New York Times and The New Yorker.