Mira Sorvino, one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, continues to speak out about the expectations in the film industry.
The 50-year-old actress opened up about her decades-long career in Hollywood, and how early her introduction began.
“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,” Sorvino said on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association podcast.
“In order to scare me for this horror movie scene, he tied me to a chair, he bruised my arm and, I was 16 years old, and then he gagged me, and I was all game because I’m trying to be scared for the scene. 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. I was too young, thank God, to know what a condom tasted like. It was so inappropriate. And what the heck was a casting director doing with a condom in his pocket?”
Mira Sorvino out and about
Mira Sorvino out and about
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - OCTOBER 10: Actress Mira Sorvino attends Hallmark's 'Home & Family' at Universal Studios Hollywood on October 10, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
ISCHIA, ITALY - JULY 12: Antonio Banderas and Mira Sorvino attend 2017 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on July 12, 2017 in Ischia, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
ISCHIA, ITALY - JULY 11: Christopher Backus and Mira Sorvino attend 2017 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on July 11, 2017 in Ischia, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
ISCHIA, ITALY - JULY 11: Mira Sorvino attends 2017 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on July 11, 2017 in Ischia, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
ISCHIA, ITALY - JULY 09: Mira Sorvino attends 2017 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on July 9, 2017 in Ischia, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
ISCHIA, ITALY - JULY 09: Mira Sorvino and Christopher Backus attend 2017 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on July 9, 2017 in Ischia, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 06: Mira Sorvino attends the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Stephen J. Cohen/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Mira Sorvino attends the Unbridled Eve Gala for the 143rd Kentucky Derby at the Galt House Hotel & Suites on May 5, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Unbridled Eve)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Actors Christopher Backus (L) and Mira Sorvino attend the Cadillac Oscar Week Celebration at Chateau Marmont on February 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Cadillac)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Christopher Backus (L) and Mira Sorvino attend the 12th Edition of The Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on February 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 25: Mira Sorvino attends Cinespia's screening of 'Romy and Michele's High School Reunion' held at the Palace Theatre on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kelly Lee Barrett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains nudity.) Actress Mira Sorvino is seen during AnaOno Intimates X #Cancerland at New York Fashion Week Art Hearts Fashion NYFW FW/17 at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Art Hearts Fashion)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 26: Mira Sorvino attends PSLA partners with Carolina Herrera for Winter Gala on January 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for PSLA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Mira Sorvino attends the 2017 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party on January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Actress Mira Sorvino attends the opening night of Cirque du Soleil's 'Toruk The First Flight' at The Staples Center on November 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 01: Actress Mira Sorvino attends the Saving Innocence's 5th Annual Gala at Loews Hollywood Hotel on October 1, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 27: Actress Mira Sorvino visits Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on July 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14: Mira Sorvino attends the 10th anniversary celebration of 'The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil' at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on July 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14: Christopher Backus and Mira Sorvino attend the 10th anniversary celebration of 'The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil' at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on July 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Actress Mira Sorvino attends the 2016 Nomi Network Journey To Freedom Gala at The Angel Orensanz Foundation on June 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Christopher Backus and Mira Sorvino arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of Showtime's 'Roadies' held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on June 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Actress Mira Sorvino attends the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
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Sorvino said that Hollywood is built on people taking advantage of others, but insisted she set her boundaries early.
Once, she said, an Oscar-winning director known for his “social justice profile” passed on her for a role after telling her that his mind couldn’t “help but traveling from the artistic possibilities to the sexual.”
“In my mind, the thing going on in my head, was ‘Oh. I thought this was a legitimate meeting.’ I thought this was an actual, you had me here, because you thought I was talented or that I brought something that would be good for this role,” she said, without naming the director.
“Not that you were were here fishing to see if I was going to have an affair with you. I know for a fact that’s why I didn’t get that part.”
Sorvino previously accused Weinstein of making an unwanted sexual advance on her in a Toronto hotel room in 1995. She also claims he torched her candidacy for a role in “Lord of the Rings.” Peter Jackson confirmed that Miramax, Weinstein’s company, told him that Sorvino and Ashley Judd, who also accused the disgraced mogul of sexual abuse, were “a nightmare to work with.”
Weinstein, who is currently facing criminal charges in New York involving three women, has denied all non-consensual sex.
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault
Kadian Noble, has filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein in New York federal court accusing the movie producer of sex trafficking by inviting her to a hotel room in France and sexually assaulting her.
Paz de la Huerta, who stars on HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire,' claims Harvey Weinstein raped her on two separate occasions in 2010: "I was in no state. I was so terrified of him," she told Vanity Fair. "I did say no, and when he was on top of me, I said, 'I don't want to do this' ... It was disgusting. He's like a pig."
British actress Lysette Anthony has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in her home in the late 1980s.
Amber Anderson said Harvey Weinstein 'behaved inappropriately' and bragged about other actresses he had 'helped' in exchange for sexual favors.
Natassia Malthe has accused Weinstein of raping her in a hotel room. On a separate occasion, after she was assured that Weinstein would not come onto her, she was allegedly escorted to Weinstein's hotel room by an assistant. In the room was another woman, who performed oral sex on Weinstein whil he asked Malthe to join.
Lupita Nyong'o wrote a detailed essay for the New York Times recounting multiple incidents with Weinstein, including an evening during which he asked her to give him a nude massage while his family was in the same home.
Marisa Coughlan said that she planned to meet Weinstein for a meeting at his hotel. Instead, he requested a massage.
Heather Graham said Weinstein told her he had an agreement with his wife that allowed him to sleep with whomever he wants. He then asked him to meet her to discuss a film project at his hotel, falsely telling her that her friend would also be present. She declined.
French actress Judith Godreche has accused Weinstein of inappropriately pressing up against her, trying to remove her sweater and asking for a massage.
Lauren Holly said that during a seemingly normal meeting with Weinstein to discuss a project, he began disrobing, got into the shower, and went to the bathroom while continuing to converse with her. He then allegedly asked her for a massage. She fled.
Angie Everhart said that she was sleeping in her own cabin on a yacht when Harvey Weinstein entered, blocked the door and began masturbating. He told her not to tell anyone, but she "told everyone," including many actors and producers. In response, most told her that it was just Harvey being Harvey. In an interview with TMZ, she emphasized that anyone in the industry who knew Harvey at all knew that he regularly did things like what he allegedly did to her.
Kate Beckinsale has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in his hotel room when she was 17 years old.
Tara Subkoff said that in the 1990s, on the same day that she was offered a major movie role, she met Harvey Weinstein at a party. He allegedly made her sit on his lap while he had an erection. He then told her that if he did not do certain sexual things, she would not get the role that she'd already been offered. She declined. Afterward, she said, her "reputation was ruined by false gossip" and she found it near impossible to book roles.
Minka Kelly said that Harvey Weinstein offered her a lavish lifestyle in exchange for being his extramarital girlfriend. She declined.
Gwyneth Paltrow told the New York Times that Harvey Weinstein asked her for a massage in his hotel suite. After she told then-boyfriend Brad Pitt, Pitt confronted him, leading Weinstein to contact Paltrow and "scream" at her, she said.
Asia Argento has accused Weinstein of raping her in his hotel room when she was 21. She first reluctantly agreed to give him a massage, and then he forcibly performed oral sex on her. During subsequent encounters, she had consensual sexual relations with him due to fear that he would otherwise ruin her career.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of rape. In October 2016, she tweeted reference to a studio head raping her. In October 2017, in a tweet to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, McGowan referred to Weinstein by name while repeating her rape accusation. The alleged incident took place in the 1990s and resulted in a financial settlement.
Cara Delevingne has accused Harvey Weinstein of attempting to coerce her into kissing another woman in his hotel room. She had just begun her acting career and believed they were meeting just to finalize talks for a film role.
Angelina Jolie said she had a "bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth" and refused to work with him subsequently.
Jessica Barth has accused Harvey Weinstein of demanding that she get naked and give him a massage.
Emma de Caunes has accused Harvey Weinstein of unexpectedly getting naked and demanding that she lie down as other women had supposedly done before her.
Lauren Sivan has accused Harvey Weinstein of cornering her in a public space and masturbating to completion in front of her.
Mira Sorvino, seen here at a Weinstein Co. event in January 2017, said that after refusing Harvey Weinstein's advances, he dissuaded others in the industry from hiring her.
Ambra Battilana has accused Harvey Weinstein of groping her breasts and reaching under her skirt. She went to the NYPD and then conducted a sting operation, the audio of which was published by the New Yorker. In the audio, Weinstein can be heard attempting to coerce her to enter his hotel room.
Louisette Geiss has accused Harvey Weinstein of luring her to his hotel room after assuring her he wouldn't hit on her. He then disrobed and repeatedly asked her to watch him masturbate, telling her he would produce her screenplay if she did.
Emily Nestor (far right), a former Weinstein Co. employee, has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment.
Rosanna Arquette has accused Harvey Weinstein of dissuading others from hiring her after she rejected his sexual advances.
Rose McGowan has publicly accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. She has also accused others in the industry of knowing of Weinstein's misconduct and either actively or passively hiding it.
Ashley Judd has publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of asking her for a massage and then asking her to watch him shower.
Florence Darel has accused Harvey Weinstein of coming onto her in a hotel suite in 1996 while his wife was in the room next door.
Zoe Brock (left, in 2004) has accused Weinstein of getting naked and chasing her around a hotel room after she refused to give him a massage.
Katherine Kendall (right, in 2006) has accused Harvey Weinstein of disrobing and asking for a massage in his apartment after a movie screening, telling her that "everybody does it." He then asked her to at least show him her breasts, which she refused.
Romola Garai has accused Harvey Weinstein of making her feel "violated" when he watched her audition wearing only a bathrobe in his hotel room.
Lea Seydoux has accused Harvey Weinstein of forcibly trying to kiss her on the lips in 2012.
Claire Forlani said she "escaped" Harvey Weinstein on five occasions. He allegedly told her about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had in turn established their careers. He also attempted to get her to give him a massage.