Actress Rosie Perez took the stand in the Harvey Weinstein trial on Friday — telling jurors of the dramatic moment when her friend Annabella Sciorra whispered to her over the phone, “I think something bad happened to me.”
“She was whispering, like this,” Perez, a surprise prosecution witness in the disgraced producer’s sex assault trial, told jurors in a hushed, barely audible voice.
“And I said, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ and she said, ‘I think something bad happened.’”
The “Do the Right Thing” star was called by prosecutors to bolster and corroborate testimony by Sciorra, who told jurors Thursday that Weinstein barged into her Manhattan apartment and raped her during the winter of 1993-1994.
Sciorra admits she told no one in the hours and days after the alleged attack in her Gramercy Park apartment. She was stunned, she told jurors, and suffered the misconception that rape was an attack by a stranger, something that happened in a dark alley.
But weeks later, she said, she confided in Perez — without, at first, naming her alleged attacker.
“She said, ‘I think I was raped,’ and the way she said it was so strange, because she was still whispering and she said, ‘I was raped,’ and her voice started shaking, and I said, ‘Do you think or did it happen?’
“And … she started crying,” testified Perez, who told jurors she had called her pal to ask if she wanted “to go to a nightclub and have fun.”
“I said, ‘Who did it?’” Perez told jurors.
Sciorra wouldn’t say, replying only, “I woke up on the floor and my nighty was up,” Perez said.
When Perez urged her friend to go to the police, Sciorra, she said, began crying and repeating, “I cannot, I cannot. I got to go.”
Sciorra then hung up, Perez said.
“I kept trying to call her back all night long … and she wouldn’t pick up the phone.”
Additional reporting by Laura Italiano
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