Actress Paz de la Huerta, known for her role in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, has spoken up about two alleged rapes she suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein that she said left her “traumatized” and “scarred for many years,” and that police say could finally lead to an arrest. Speaking with Vanity Fair, de la Huerta, 33, said that she had first met Weinstein while making The Cider House Rules when she was 14, and that he had communicated with over the years. When she was 21, she recalled, he had sent her science-fiction books and talked about a possible role for her in one of his projects. But in 2010, when she was 26, Weinstein forced his way into her apartment, ostensibly for a drink, after offering her a ride home to her TriBeca apartment.
“Immediately when we got inside the house, he started to kiss me and I kind of brushed [him] away,” she said. “Then he pushed me onto the bed and his pants were down and he lifted up my skirt. I felt afraid … It wasn’t consensual … It happened very quickly … He stuck himself inside me … When he was done he said he’d be calling me. I kind of just laid on the bed in shock.”
Later that year, she said Weinstein was waiting for her in her building lobby after she arrived home from a photo shoot. She said that she was drunk at the time, and terrified by Weinstein, who had been calling her constantly despite her telling him she didn’t want to talk to him.
“He hushed me and said, ‘Let’s talk about this in your apartment,’” de la Huerta recalled. “I was in no state. I was so terrified of him … I did say no, and when he was on top of me I said, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ He kept humping me and it was disgusting. He’s like a pig .. He raped me.”
After the alleged rape, de la Huerta said he told her he’d put cast her in a play, then left and never spoke to her again. The two rapes, she said, left her “scarred” and “disgusted” — both with him and herself. She said she began to drink excessively and engage in “self-destructive” behavior as she struggled to cope” with what had happened, suffering personally and professionally as a result.
Since de la Huerta’s case falls within the statute of limitations for rape in the first degree, it’s still possible for Weinstein to face consequences for his alleged actions. New York Police Department detective Nicholas DiGaudio, who has interviewed de la Huerta, has said he believes “we have enough to make an arrest.”
De la Huerta also spoke candidly to Vanity Fair about why she didn’t speak out about the alleged rapes until now — and who she did speak to in the aftermath.
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