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Annabella Sciorra says Harvey Weinstein violently raped her more than 20 years ago

By WITW Staff on October 30, 2017

Actress Annabella Sciorra came forward with more frightening allegations about Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by dozens of women, in a new interview with Ronan Farrow published by The New Yorker. She also explained why she hesitated to speak out about the now-disgraced movie producer, even as so many alleged victims have been coming forward. Meanwhile, new allegations against Weinstein emerged on Monday, stretching all the way back to the 1970s.

Sciorra, perhaps best known most recently for her Emmy-nominated role in The Sopranos, said that she met Weinstein at an industry party in the early 1990s and when it was over, he offered to drive her home. Sciorra told The New Yorker that she was getting ready for bed when she heard a knock on her door.

“I opened the door a crack to see who it was,” she said. “And he pushed the door open … walked in like it was his apartment, like he owned the place, and started unbuttoning his shirt.”

Weinstein, she said, violently raped her, and displayed behavior similar to what other women have reported. Though what she said she went through is among the most traumatic of the details that have come to light. “This is not happening,” she told him. “You’ve got to go. You have to leave. Get out of my apartment.” But Weinstein, Sciorra recalled, was unrelenting.

She continues to be so traumatized by the incidents, she added, that she was frightened to speak publicly about them and initially told Farrow that, despite the rumors he’d heard about her story, she hadn’t experienced any inappropriate treatment from Weinstein. Even after deciding to speak openly to Farrow about the alleged rape, she told him, she was still worried Weinstein might have orchestrated the interview in a bid to obtain damaging information on her.

In the same story, actress Daryl Hannah also went on the record about the frightening behavior she said Weinstein subjected her to over the course of many years — and how she managed to escape the worst outcome.

Hope Exiner dÕAmore, who says that Harvey Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in the 1970s, when he was a young concert promoter in Buffalo, in San Antonio, Oct. 10, 2017. Three weeks after complaints of sexual harassment and misconduct by Weinstein were first reported in The New York Times, women from different continents, fields and time periods have come forward with allegations of rape, sexual assault and groping. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/The New York Times)

Both women said that they suffered professionally after rejecting Weinstein. And both said they were afraid to come forward because they did not want to be forever viewed as a victim. “Now when I go to a restaurant or to an event, people are going to know that this happened to me,” Sciorra said. “They’re gonna look at me and they’re gonna know. I’m an intensely private person, and this is the most unprivate thing you can do.”

Through a spokesperson, Weinstein said he “unequivocally denies any allegations of non-consensual sex.”

In a new report by The New York Times published on Monday, a slew of new accusations were leveled at the disgraced movie producer. Among them, Hope Exiner d’Amore, who worked for Weinstein as a concert promoter in the 1970s, said Weinstein raped her in a hotel room in Manhattan, and forcibly performed oral sex on her. They were both in their twenties at the time.

Actress Cynthia Burr, now 62, said she was assaulted by Weinstein in the late 1970s when he was “a real up-and-comer.” Burr said Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him during that encounter. “It was just him and me alone,” she said. “I was fearful I didn’t have the wherewithal to get away.” Burr went on to appear in Scarface and two of the Lethal Weapon movies. Aside from telling her husband, who has since died, and a close friend about the encounter, she hasn’t publicly spoken about it until now. “I’m really sad for everybody, but I’m really glad it’s out in the open,” Burr said. “I finally felt like I had a voice.”

But not all of the new allegations go back nearly four decades. Ashley Matthau and Lacey Dorn told the Times of their disturbing alleged encounters with Weinstein, both of which occurred within the last seven years.

Read the full story at The New Yorker and The New York Times.


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