(CNN)Harvey Weinstein's defense team called their first witness Thursday -- a former producer who they say casts doubt on actress Annabella Sciorra's alleged rape allegations.
Weinstein defense calls first witness: friend says he had a "sex addiction"
Paul Feldsher testified that he's known Weinstein for more than 30 years and that he'd been close friends with Sciorra in the 1990's.
Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi questioned Feldsher's credibility, pressing him on his allegiance to the disgraced Hollywood producer during the cross examination.
Feldsher testified he's been in regular contact with Weinstein since 2017 and told Weinstein he believed in his innocence in a thread of text messages about the allegations presented to the jury.
Weinstein had a "voracious appetite for women," Feldsher also told the jury.
In open court Feldsher said it was his understanding that "Harvey had a sex addiction and that he dated a lot of women."
He said it was fair to call Weinstein a "sex addict."
Feldsher, who has a 13-year-old daughter, told Weinstein in a text message, "If a lot of these girls had been my daughter, I would have wanted to beat the shit out of you."
He had never personally witnessed Weinstein being inappropriate with a woman, Feldsher said, and didn't believe Weinstein was capable of the violent crimes of which he's been accused.
Feldsher testified that he recalled a time at some point in the 1990's when Sciorra told him, "she'd done this crazy thing with Harvey" and his understanding was that she meant, "she fooled around with him."
Feldsher said he couldn't remember when they had the conversation or any other detail about the alleged sexual encounter he said Sciorra told him about.
In open court Feldsher said that when he texted Weinstein that Sciorra told him she'd had sex with Weinstein the day after it happened and subsequently, he said "under oath that is not true." Feldsher testified that he does not recall ever speaking to Sciorra about the interaction again.
In the text messages from 2018 , Feldsher called Sciorra an "a**hole" and told Weinstein that she was "full of shit" in regards to the alleged rape.
"I think the dog pile of actresses who are suddenly brave and recalling suppressed memories is hideous," Feldsher told Weinstein.
Feldsher said "yes" he was telling Weinstein what he "wanted to hear" when asked about his text messages in regards to the allegations against him.
When asked if he was again saying what Weinstein wanted to hear in the courtroom Feldsher said, "Categorically no."
"I had no idea my text messages would end up in a court room," Feldsher said.
He said he continued to be Weinstein's friend in recent years amid the allegations, "partially because nobody else was."
In one text Feldsher told his disgraced friend he'd always stick up for him.
"Unless and until