Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Actress Mira Sorvino claims director gagged her with a condom aged 16

Mira Sorvino Image Mira Sorvino says she was 'completely treated inappropriately'
Julia Gonzales | 13 July, 2018, 01:27

Actress Mira Sorvino says she was tied to a chair and gagged with a condom a director pulled out of his pocket during an audition when she was just 16 years old.

"Directors pressuring you to have relationships with them, people casting you saying if you have a sexual relationship with them they'll give you the part", she said.

During the podcast, she alleged she had been sexually harassed by 'a big director who has gotten Oscars and is known for his social justice profile in some of these movies'. "People have always taken advantage of that", she said.

Sorvino is among the women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, and recently spoke on US TV about how she feels now that the movie producer has been indicted.

The 50-year-old actress claimed during a podcast interview with HFPA that during one of her first ever acting auditions, an acting director used a freakish and frightening technique to get her into character.

"In looking back over at my career, I realized that one of my very first auditions when I was 16, I was completely treated inappropriately by the casting director", she said.

It led to her name being taken off Sir Peter's casting list.

"When you're young, you don't question", Mira said, explaining that when you're new, you feel like you have to go that extra mile to prove yourself. "I know for a fact that's why I didn't get that part", concluded Sorvino.

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But I said, ultimately we should be - in years in advance, we should be at 4 percent. "It was a little tough for a little while". The current commitment is to reach two percent by 2024 but with get-out terms that would allow some to stretch it out to 2030.

NY police say charges relate to allegations made by two women in an sex abuse probe involving the movie producer.

"Not that you were here fishing to see if I was going to have an affair with you".

"And at the end he takes the gag out of my mouth and he said, "Sorry for the prophylactic" so he had gagged me with a condom".

Sorvino, who won an Oscar for her role in Allen's 1995 film, Mighty Aphrodite, now wishes she had looked further into the allegations against him by his daughter Dylan Farrow, 33, who accuses her father of molesting her when she was 7.

Sorvino, now 50, said she was too young - for better or worse - to understand what was happening.

She said though actresses were often told it was normal and acceptable for them to sleep their way into roles, she "was never willing to" and "never did". "I think my mouth just opened and my silence was deafening". She said turning down the mogul adversely affected her career.

"You're seeing legal ramifications, hugely powerful abusers who were formerly untouchable, such as the Bill Cosbys and the Weinsteins of the world are now facing serious legal consequences, criminal consequences", she said.

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