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EntertainmentTearful Mira Sorvino says 'I was date-raped,' advocates for statute of limitations changes

21:50  12 june  2019
21:50  12 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Tearful Mira Sorvino says 'I was date-raped,' advocates for statute of limitations changes© Amy Sussman/Invision/AP Mira Sorvino poses for a portrait in New York. Sorvino believes the key to eradicating sexual misconduct lies more in preventative education than in “naming and shaming” the perpetrators. The Oscar-winning actress was one of the first to come forward with allegations of abuse against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and her resilience has not wavered. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP) Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino tearfully revealed Wednesday that she is a "survivor of date rape."

"I've never said that in public and I do not want to go in detail," she said, her voice breaking, as she appeared at a press conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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He and sexual-assault advocates are trying to pressure the state legislature to extend the state's statute of limitations on rape allegations and make it easier to press sexual harassment allegations. Sorvino was there to lend her voice of experience.

"I have never said that last part ever in public because it's impossible sometimes to share these sorts of things and I'm doing it here to try and help," Sorvino said.

"Actress and #TimesUp advocate @MiraSorvino reveals new, compelling and emotional details about her own sexual assault experience in a push for NY to remove the 5-year statute of limitations on rape, and to remove 'severe and pervasive' from sexual harassment language," a reporter at the event tweeted.

Sorvino is one of the most prominent leaders of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements to call out sexual misconduct in Hollywood. She has previously alleged she's been sexually harassed, sexually battered and assaulted and even gagged with a condom during an audition when she was teenager,

She was one of the first accusers of Harvey Weinstein, the fallen movie mogul who she says blacklisted her from movie roles for resisting his sexual advances in the past.

She accused him of sexual harassment and battery and generally uncouth behavior. He is now charged in New York with five sex-crimes involving two women (neither of them Sorvino) and is expected to go on trial in the fall.

Weinstein is the first and most consequential Hollywood figure to be criminally charged in the #MeToo deluge of accusations that began pouring out in the fall of 2017.

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Beyond Weinstein, Sorvino also has spoken out about the casting-couch mentality that ruled Hollywood in her youth, when she says she lost multiple roles because she wouldn't jump on the couch when demands were made by directors or casting agents.

In an interview with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's podcast In Conversation, she told a shocking story of an audition for a horror movie when she was 16. She says a casting director tied her to a chair, bruised her arm and gagged her.

"And I was all game because I'm trying to be scared for the scene," she said. "And at the end, he takes the gag out of my mouth and he says, sorry for the prophylactic...That was one of my introductions to how the acting system works."

Sorvino won an Oscar for her role in Woody Allen's 1995 film, "Mighty Aphrodite."

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