Actress Mira Sorvino has claimed that a casting director “gagged her with a condom” when she was a teenager.
Sorvino, who is one of the 70 women to have made allegations against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, says she was she was auditioning for a horror movie scene at the time.
“I was 16-years-old, and then he gagged me,” she said in 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’.
“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?” she said.
The 50-year-old, who won an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite, then criticised the industry for the system of introducing young actors.
“When you’re young, you don’t question,” she added ominously.
“When you’re young, you’re like ‘Oh, OK I’ve got to be tough, I’ve got to be down to really perform.
“If that means they need me to go this extra mile… you see, many times we have awards given to people for giving particularly raw performances, in very brutal sexual scenes or things like that,” she said.
Sorvino did not name the casting director.