Mira Sorvino reveals horror audition: 'He gagged me with a condom'

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2018

She won an Oscar over 20 years ago for "Mighty Aphrodite".

Mira Sorvino is opening up about sexual harassment in Hollywood.

Speaking in an interview for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's HFPA In Conversation podcast, she said that the casting director wanted her to be scared in the audition, and so tied her to a chair, bruising her arm, and then gagged her with what she later was told was a condom.

In 1992 Allen was accused by Dylan Farrow, who was then seven years old, of having sexually abused her in the CT home of her adoptive mother Mia Farrow.

Weinstein, 66, has been charged with sexual offences including rape and is awaiting trial in NY.

However, Dylan and her mother Mia have stood by the allegations to this day.

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).

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Mira Sorvino has opened up about the presence of sexual harassment that lies beneath the surface of the Hollywood Industry. "People have always taken advantage of that", added Sorvino, who went on to share there have been "other situations that have happened throughout" her career.

She added: "So he had gagged me with a condom".

"We can't just wish away with cognitive dissonance the fact that our heroes are capable of doing something heinous", she said of the director, "and he was my hero". "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". "That has happened to me several times", Sorvino revealed.

Mira Sorvino implies that her refusal to submit to sexual advances is the reason she lost out on some major acting roles.

Actress Mira Sorvino has said she was tied to a chair and gagged with a condom during an audition when she was just 16. "I felt that was just a betrayal of who I was as a person".

"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 continued.

On another note, the actress opened up about her experience traveling to the US and Mexico border to advocate for migrant rights.

"I can not begin to imagine how you have felt, all these years as you watched someone you called out as having hurt you as a child, a vulnerable little girl in his care, be lauded again and again, including by me and countless others in Hollywood who praised him and ignored you", Sorvino wrote for the Huffington Post.

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