Actress Annabella Sciorra, who accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her, said Sunday she got “no relief” from the disgraced Hollywood mogul’s arrest and release on $1 million bail.
“If there was truly ‘equal justice under the law’, Harvey Weinstein would be behind bars in Rikers today, waiting for his own day in court, not free to roam New York, his other hunting ground, wearing an ankle bracelet,” Sciorra wrote on Twitter.
Weinstein turned himself in to police Friday morning — and was freed a few hours later after he was arraigned on two counts of rape and one count of committing a criminal sexual act, stemming from alleged assaults on two women.
Sciorra, 53, an Emmy-nominated actress for her role in “The Sopranos,” says Weinstein raped her in the 1990s after dropping her off at her home, and sexually harassed her for years afterward.
She said the smirk on the accused predator’s face Friday made her “physically sick,” and slammed his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, who insisted his client “did not invent the casting couch” — a reference to the trope of actresses trading sex for stardom.
“The law finally caught up with Harvey Weinstein on Friday and charged him with multiple counts of rape and sexual assault. But nothing about that felt celebratory to me,” Sciorra tweeted.
“The smirk on his face as he was led out of the police station in cuffs made me physically sick. The public statement from his lawyer was intended only to denigrate all the brave women who came forward and spoke out against him.”
She compared his case to that of Kalief Browder, who killed himself after being held at Rikers for three years on charges of stealing a backpack because he couldn’t pay $3,000 jail.
“I got no relief from seeing this monster walk into court, then sneak out the back door after posting a million dollar bond. All that says is, money buys VIP treatment in the justice system no matter how serious or violent the crimes,” Sciorra wrote.
Actress Mira Sorvino, who accused Weinstein of harassing her and damaging her career when she refused her advances, said she felt the same way.
“There was no jubilation although I was heartened that he was starting the process of standing trial,” she tweeted.
Rose McGowan, another Weinstein accuser, said she would “absolutely” like to testify at his trial.
Speaking to NPR Saturday, she recalled having to appear in photos with him smiling at industry events.
“And I would like to have the opportunity to be able to sit right across from him and stare directly in the eye, but not in any way with the camera around me. And no evening gowns,” she said.