The 27 women who say they were sexually abused by famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein vowed to "stand in solidarity" with the three NY accusers slated to testify in the high-profile trial that began on Wednesday.
Prosecutors went hard on detail - describing Weinstein as "not just a titan in Hollywood, but a rapist".
In a packed courtroom, a jury composed of seven men and five women listened as Hast recounted what she said was Weinstein's behavior towards Sciorra early on in her career.
In addition to the two main female witnesses, a further four women are expected to testify.
"It is for his complete lack of empathy that he must be held accountable", Hast said.
Lawyers for the once-powerful movie producer used their opening statement to imply that his accusers are being deceptive.
The opening of the rape trial more than two years after a barrage of allegations against Weinstein gave rise to #MeToo was seen by activists as a milestone in the global reckoning over sexual misconduct by powerful men.
Though dozens of women have accused Weinstein of sexually harassing or assaulting them over the years, the NY charges are limited to two allegations. Those charges were filed this month as jury selection in his NY trial was getting underway.
"Better", Weinstein said when asked how he was feeling by one of the roughly 100 reporters and photographers.
Guided by aides and lawyers, he wasn't using the walker he has leaned on lately after a summer vehicle crash and subsequent back surgery.
Before Wednesday's proceedings got underway, Mr Weinstein exited a white sports utility vehicle with help from two members of his team, one carrying the walker that Weinstein has used for recent court appearances as he recovers from recent back surgery. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault.
"The women internalized their trauma for years", Ms Hast said during her opening statement. "He ripped her jeans off so forcefully that it left scratch marks".
"I can understand why [prosecutors] don't want that evidence to come in, because it is devastating", Cheronis said.
Then, she told the jury, Weinstein leaned toward her and added menacingly: "This remains between you and I".
Prosecutors are expected to paint Weinstein as a serial predator who abused his power, while the defence is expected to try to show accusers' behaviour seems to contradict how victims would react to an assault. They thought they had got their big break.
"They will each describe their fear, their shame and their humiliation - the struggle each went through to push their trauma down and show a fearless face to the world", she said.
They alleged he violently raped Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, pinning her down on a bed.
Weinstein lawyer Damon Cheronis has questioned the validity of Sciorra's account, saying she once told a friend that she "did a insane thing and had sex with Harvey Weinstein" and that she had a consensual encounter with him.
She said that a month later, she ran into him and confronted him about what happened, and he replied: "That's what all the nice Catholic girls say".
Weinstein's lawyers say any encounters were consensual.
Cheronis said the jury would see hundreds of emails and other correspondence between Mann and Weinstein which would show they were "actually in a loving relationship".
Cheronis said that among the emails were some in which women "bragged" about sexual relations with the defendant that they now alleged amounted to sexual assault.
Prosecutors are seeking to counter any impression that continued contact could undermine the women's allegations.
Cheronis said the prosecution is "trying to obstruct the truth from coming out".
She would later act in another Weinstein-produced picture, 1997's "Cop Land", though she said she didn't realize when auditioning that his studio was involved.
Weinstein's lawyers have long made it clear that they intend to discredit his accusers by focusing on emails that suggest the producer's relationship with the women was consensual and had lasted long after the alleged crimes.
The beginning of the trial followed weeks of jury selection, during which prospective jurors who reported reading Catch and Kill-Ronan Farrow's behind-the-scenes look at his own investigation into the Weinstein allegations-were dismissed.