Annabella Sciorra will testify at Harvey Weinstein rape trial

Annabella Sciorra

Prosecutors hoping to put Harvey Weinstein behind bars have been given permission to call The Sopranos star Annabella Sciorra to testify against the disgraced producer.

New York Supreme Court Judge James Burke has agreed the actress's testimony at trial is important, and she will be allowed to recall her experiences with Weinstein during his rape trial next year, according to Deadline.

The news comes months after Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. and his team first indicted the Oscar winner on multiple sex assault charges and arrested him. They have since added Sciorra's charge she was raped by Weinstein in the mid-1990s.

The defence lawyers urged Judge Burke to toss her testimony on grounds of "fair notice", but the lawmaker has sided with the prosecution.

"The Court has considered the totality of the circumstances and finds that all factors point to the reasonableness of the notice provided to the defendant," the judge has ruled.

Weinstein, who is facing multiple counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree and one count each of first-degree rape and third-degree rape, is currently free on $1 million (£770,000) bail. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Weinstein is also facing allegations from more than 60 other women who claim he sexually assaulted or sexually harassed them. He has always denied the allegations.

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