In a harrowing interview with Ronan Farrow for The New Yorker, actress Annabella Sciorra recounted her alleged rape at the hands of shamed former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The article was a follow-up to Farrow’s bombshell piece two weeks ago in which 13 women accused Weinstein of sexual assault.
Sciorra claims that in the early 1990s Weinstein, after a dinner meeting with her, forced his way into her apartment, undressed, and raped her:
Then Weinstein grabbed her, she said. “He shoved me onto the bed, and he got on top of me.” Sciorra struggled. “I kicked and I yelled,” she said, but Weinstein locked her arms over her head with one hand and forced sexual intercourse on her. “When he was done, he ejaculated on my leg, and on my nightgown.” It was a family heirloom, handed down from relatives in Italy and embroidered in white cotton. “He said, ‘I have impeccable timing,’ and then he said, ‘This is for you.’ ” Sciorra paused. “And then he attempted to perform oral sex on me. And I struggled, but I had very little strength left in me.” Sciorra said that her body started to shake violently. “I think, in a way, that’s what made him leave, because it looked like I was having a seizure or something.”
Sciorra alleges that Weinstein sexually harassed her for years after that incident, and that she was still scared of him 20 years later. The psychological toll was intense:
In the weeks and months that followed the alleged attack, Sciorra didn’t tell anyone about it. “Like most of these women, I was so ashamed of what happened,” she said. “And I fought. I fought. But still I was like, Why did I open that door? Who opens the door at that time of night? I was definitely embarrassed by it. I felt disgusting. I felt like I had fucked up.” She grew depressed and lost weight. Her father, unaware of the attack but concerned for her well-being, urged her to seek help, and she did see a therapist, but, she said, “I don’t even think I told the therapist. It’s pathetic.”
Like a number of women who have come forward with stories of alleged rape concerning Weinstein, Sciorra did not report the incident to the police. Many of these women felt that their careers would be destroyed if they pointed the finger at Weinstein privately, much less file a police report. It brings to mind that famous Dave Chappelle quote about Hollywood: “Maybe their environment is a little sick.”
Sciorra credits her friend Rosie Perez with encouraging her to come out with this story now. Perez commented about the actress to Farrow:
“She was riding high, and then she started acting weird and getting reclusive. It made no sense. Why did this woman, who was so talented, and riding so high, doing hit after hit, then all of a sudden fall off the map? It hurts me as a fellow-actress to see her career not flourish the way it should have.”
In the same New Yorker piece, Darryl Hannah accused Weinstein of sexual harassment during the promotional Kill Bill: Volume 2, including asking her if her breasts were real, and insisting on touching them. Hannah alleges that when she didn’t “play along” with Weinstein, he was upset and that her career suffered as a result.
So there you have it: more actresses from some of your favorite films allegedly made to feel unsafe, allegedly assaulted and threatened, and feeling that the movie industry did not have their back.
And there will be more stories, no doubt.
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