Sunday 15 September 2019

'Sopranos' star claims Weinstein raped her

Actress Annabella Sciorra Photo: PA
Actress Annabella Sciorra Photo: PA

Lucy Mapstone London

Actress Annabella Sciorra has alleged that she was raped by film producer Harvey Weinstein in the early 1990s.

The 'Sopranos' star is among the latest to make an allegation against the movie mogul, with film star Daryl Hannah also coming forward with claims of sexual harassment.

Sciorra said, in an article published in 'The New Yorker', that Weinstein made his way into her apartment in New York uninvited before he "shoved" her onto the bed.

She alleged they had non-consensual sex and that Weinstein continued to harass her in the years that followed.

In the same article, 'Splash' actress Hannah alleged that Weinstein had once tried to force his way into her hotel room, and that during another meeting he asked to feel her breasts.

Having previously denied allegations from other actresses and employees, Weinstein's spokeswoman again told 'The New Yorker': "Mr Weinstein unequivocally denies any allegations of non-consensual sex."

Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault or rape in recent weeks.

Actress Ashley Judd was one of the first high-profile stars to make claims against the producer, and in the weeks that followed others, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong'o and Cara Delevingne, added to the list of those making harassment allegations.

In a TV appearance last week, Judd said she tried to bargain with the producer so she could escape his hotel room.

In an interview with Diane Sawyer, on US network ABC, Judd said she went to a hotel in 1997 for what she thought was a breakfast meeting with Weinstein.

She said that after repeatedly turning down his advances, she resorted to striking a deal with him.

She told Sawyer: "He just kept coming at me with all this other stuff. Finally, I just said, 'When I win an Oscar in one of your movies, OK?'

"He said, 'When you get nominated'. I said, 'No, when I win an Oscar'. And then I just fled."

Weinstein is the subject of police investigations in London, Los Angeles and New York.

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