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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Why it matters: President Trump threatened this week to deploy military forces if state and local governments aren't able to squash violent protests. Axios reported on Tuesday that Trump is backing off the idea for now, but that he hasn't ruled it out.

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Largely peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Wednesday, marking nine straight days of demonstrations.

The latest: As several major cities moved to lift curfews, NYPD officers "aggressively" dispersed large crowds in Brooklyn and Manhattan beyond New York City's 8 p.m. curfew, per the New York Times. The National Guard was stationed outside many protests Wednesday night, including in Hollywood and Atlanta.

Trump hits back at Mattis: "I gave him a new life"

President Trump speaks at the White House. Photo: Doug Mills - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump unloaded on his former defense secretary via Twitter on Wednesday, hours after James Mattis condemned him for making a "mockery of our Constitution" in his response to mass protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing.

What he's saying: "Probably the only thing Barack Obama & I have in common is that we both had the honor of firing Jim Mattis, the world’s most overrated General. I asked for his letter of resignation, & felt great about it. His nickname was 'Chaos', which I didn’t like, & changed it to 'Mad Dog'"