Hollywood actress Mira Sorvino has claimed that a casting director gagged her with a condom when she was 16.
The Mighty Aphrodite actress said she was auditioning for a horror movie scene at the time.
“I was 16-years-old, and then he gagged me,” she revealed during a podcast for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “At the end he takes the gag out of my mouth and he said ‘sorry for the prophylactic’.”
She added: “So he had gagged me with a condom. It was so inappropriate and what the heck was a casting director doing with a condom in his pocket in an audition?”
The 50-year-old Oscar winning actress did not name the casting director and said that audition was one of her first introductions into how the acting system works and explained that “when you’re young, you don’t question”.
Sorvino, who is also one of more than 70 women who have recently made sexual misconduct claims against Harvey Weinstein, also said it was one of many instances where she was harassed whilst auditioning.
The actress also commented on the effect of the #MeToo movement, adding: “You’re seeing legal ramifications, hugely powerful abusers who were formerly untouchable, such as the Bill Cosbys and the Weinsteins of the world are now facing serious legal consequences, criminal consequences.”
Sorvino and Ashley Judd were among the first actresses to previously come forward about their experiences with Weinstein, saying they refused pressure to have physical relationships with him.
Sorvino said she also felt “iced out” of the industry after rejecting his advances.
Director Peter Jackson recently admitted that he blacklisted her and Judd after pressure created by an alleged “smear campaign” by Weinstein.