Published: Sun, October 29, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Harvey Weinstein scandal: Annabella Sciorra claims producer raped her

Harvey Weinstein scandal: Annabella Sciorra claims producer raped her

Her account comes from the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow, who contacted her for his initial story about Weinstein; she initially told Farrow that the disgraced former executive had never done anything appropriate for fear of retribution.

The Sopranos actress claims he then tried to perform oral sex on her and her body started to shake violently. And I struggled, but I had very little strength left in me, ” Sciorra also claimed. Who opens the door at that time of night?

She'd known Weinstein for a few years, she said.

She finally got a job in "The Innocent Sleep" and went to London where, she said, Weinstein began calling her hotel. She didn't work from 1992 to 1995, being told that people had heard she was "difficult" - something she attributes to "the Harvey machine". They often saw each other at events, dinners and screenings, and after one such evening in NY, she said, Weinstein offered to give her a ride home.

Weinstein was waiting outside the hotel - for her, she sensed - as she left the following morning.

In a followup report on Weinstein by The New Yorker, the actor, who featured in Miramax's The Night We Never Met, says she had to receive therapy after the movie mogul forced sexual intercourse on her and subsequently harassed her on numerous occasions afterwards.

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"There's Harvey in his underwear, holding a bottle of baby oil in one hand and a tape, a movie, in the other", she said.

"He was closing in really quickly, and I pressed all the call buttons for valet service and room service". And I was like, 'Oh, shit, ' " Hannah recalled. The private plane she was meant to take the next day left without her, and her Cannes Film Festival flights, hotel rooms and hair and makeup artists were all cancelled. "And I was like, 'Oh, s-t.' We actually pushed a dresser in front of the door and just kind of huddled in the room".

"Like most of these women, I was so ashamed of what happened", Sciorra said.

The harassment continued for years and when she opened up to a friend who told her to call police, she replied: "I can't go to the police".

"He came through the living room and into the bedroom", she said. The actor admitted she was fearful of what might happen to her career if she told anyone about her experience and regrets "not being stronger in the moment". And I know with every fiber of my being that if my male makeup artist was not in that room, things would not have gone well. "I said, 'No, you can't!' And then he said, 'At least flash me, then.' And I said, 'F-k off, Harvey'".

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