Expert Witness Dispels Rape Myths, Rosie Perez Takes Stand At Weinstein's Trial

Marla Diamond
January 24, 2020 - 7:00 pm
Rosie Perez

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Jurors in the Harvey Weinstein trial on Friday heard from an expert whose work centers on dispelling myths about rape.

The prosecution's expert witness Dr. Barbara Ziv dispelled myths about sexual assault and victim's behavior, saying it's common for a rape victim not to report it to police, and to remain in contact with their attacker.

Her testimony came one day after “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra took the witness standing, describing in vivid detail how the disgraced movie mogul allegedly broke into her Manhattan apartment in the mid-1990s and raped her.

Sciorra said Weinstein “stalked” her for years after the attack but she never went to the authorities because she said she had a deep misunderstanding about what non-consensual sex was at the time.

The now 59-year-old went public with her story in 2017, saying she felt threatened by Weinstein for years to remain silent. However, she says she told her friend, “Do The Right Thing” actress Rosie Perez about the attack in the weeks or months after it happened.

Perez testified in the afternoon, saying she thought something seemed wrong with Sciorra when she asked her to go out one night in the 90s.

She said Sciorra spoke in a strange voice and when she asked her what had happened, the “Sopranos” actress responded: “I think something bad happened. I think I was raped.”

Perez notes that Sciorra did not name Weinstein as her attacked under months later.

Weinstein’s lawyers had objected to Perez's testimony, saying her account would be hearsay. However, Judge James Burke allowed her to take the stand as such testimony is sometimes allowed in sexual assault cases.

Weinstein is on trial in New York City for allegedly raping one woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and for forcibly performing a sexual act on another woman in 2006.

The 67-year-old has also been charged with sexually assaulting two women in Los Angeles on successive nights during Oscars week in 2013. One of those women is expected to testify in the New York case.