Jan 24, 2020

Actress Rosie Perez confirms account of Harvey Weinstein assault

Rosie Perez arrives at New York City Criminal Court for the continuation of Harvey Weinstein's trial. Photo: Jeenah Moon/Getty Images

Actress Rosie Perez testified at Harvey Weinstein's trial Friday, confirming that fellow screen star Annabella Sciorra told her in 1993 she was raped by the then-Hollywood mogul, AP reports.

The big picture: Sciorra recounted her sexual assault at the trial Thursday. Perez told the jury Sciorra called her multiple times about her experience and him harassing her.

Why it matters: Weinstein's lawyers argued Perez shouldn’t be allowed to testify, but Judge James Burke decided to allow it.

  • When Sciorra called her the first time in 1993, Perez remembered saying, "He’s the one that raped you," as they both started crying.
  • Perez asked her to got to the police. “I can’t — he’d destroy me," Sciorra responded.
  • One of Weinstein's lawyers Damon Cheronis asked Perez why she didn’t go to police herself, she responded “because I was being respectful."

What to watch: Weinstein's case will continue before a jury of seven men and five women. He could face a life sentence if convicted.

Go deeper: Global #MeToo movement has resulted in 6 convictions, 5 charges of influential figures

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Actress Annabella Sciorra recounts alleged rape by Harvey Weinstein

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Actress Annabella Sciorra took the stand at Harvey Weinstein's trial on Thursday to confront the media mogul over his alleged rape of her in the 1990s.

What they're saying: Sciorra told the jury that Weinstein barged into her apartment in the mid-1990s and raped her, AP reports. She recounted trying to force him off by kicking and punching him. Roughly a month later, Sciorra says she ran into Weinstein and confronted him over the incident, to which he responded: "That’s what all the nice Catholic girls say," adding, "This remains between you and I."

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Jury to deliberate in Weinstein trial without police witnesses

Harvey Weinstein. Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images.

A jury will begin deliberations in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial on Tuesday without testimony from any police witnesses, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Prosecutors called 28 people to testify throughout the trial, including six women who've accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct. But none of the witnesses were law-enforcement officers. Police witnesses add context to cases that could sway how jurors view the case.

DNC chair says party will consider revoking Iowa's first-in-nation status

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Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that there will "absolutely" be a conversation within the party about stripping Iowa of its first-in-nation caucus status after this election cycle.

The big picture: For years, Democrats have argued that Iowa has a disproportionate amount of influence over the nomination process and that, as a predominantly white state, it doesn't reflect the broader Democratic electorate. Iowa's role has been further called into question following a caucus-day meltdown that has left results undetermined almost a week later.