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Actress Mira Sorvino 'gagged with condom' during audition when she was 16

13 July 2018

As one of dozens of actresses who have accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, Mira Sorvino became a leading face of the #MeToo movement, long after she abruptly dropped off the radar following her Oscar win for Mighty Aphrodite.

"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.

She always refused and lost out on roles as a result, she said.

She says it was one of her very first auditions. for a horror movie.

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 freaky and frightening technique to get her into character.

She also mentioned one unsavoury encounter with a big Oscar-winning director known for his social justice.

After noting how "shameful" the conditions were at detention centers for children, she said: "I know people don't like it when you make equivalencies between things that happened in the Third Reich but there are certain parallels that can't be denied - our constitutional democracy is eroding".

The "Indiscretion" actress shared shocking claims against an unnamed casting director when speaking with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's "In Conversation" podcast on Wednesday.

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

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".

The story only got more uncomfortable from there: "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".

Unfortunately, "when you're young, you don't question", she explained.

"When you're young, you're like 'Oh, OK I've got to be tough, I've got to be down to really perform".

Sorvino, 50, is an American actress who came to prominence after winning the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as a hooker with a heart of gold in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite (1995). "I thought this was a legitimate meeting, '" she added.

Sorvino said she recently visited the U.S. -Mexico border with other activists and celebrities including Lena Dunham and Sia.

"There it is, confirmation that Harvey Weinstein derailed my career, something I suspected but was unsure", she said in December. She said turning down the mogul adversely affected her career.

Actress Mira Sorvino 'gagged with condom' during audition when she was 16