Mira Sorvino reveals she's a survivor of date rape

Actress Mira Sorvino has revealed she is the survivor of date rape, more than one year after speaking out about the alleged sexual harassment she suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein.

“I’m also a survivor of date rape. And I’ve never said that in public, and I do not want to go into detail,” she said as part of a plea to remove the statute of limitations for the crime in New York state.

“I have never said that last part ever in public, because it is impossible sometimes to share these sort of things, and I’m doing it here to try and help.”

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Ms Sorvino shared her story at a news conference organised by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as the politician is calling for state laws that will eliminate the statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault.

Erika Leigh, a reporter for Spectrum News in Albany, New York, tweeted about Sorvino’s appearance, where she is quoted as saying having to recall the event was ‘traumatising’.

Ms Sorvino, an Academy Award winner, is an advocate for the Time’s Up movement and was one of the women who accused Weinstein of inappropriate behaviour in the first wave of allegations against him.

Mira Sorvino poses at the SiriusXM Studios on Nov. 5, 2018, in New York City. Photo: Getty Images

She said that in 1995 - the year she made the movie Mighty Aphrodite for his company - Weinstein allegedly harassed her in a hotel room at the Toronto International Film Festival.

“He started massaging my shoulders, which made me very uncomfortable, and then tried to get more physical, sort of chasing me around,” she told the New Yorker.

Ms Sorvino told the magazine that when Weinstein later announced he would be coming to her apartment, she was dreading it so much that she had a male friend come over and pretend to be her boyfriend.

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The actress said that when she complained about the producer’s behaviour to a woman at the company, she felt ‘iced out’ of the entertainment industry.

Director Peter Jackson confirmed in December 2017 that, in fact, he was told that he should avoid working with Sorvino and Ashley Judd, another Weinstein accuser, ‘at all costs’.

Weinstein denied Jackson’s accusation and has always denied any allegations of non-consensual sex.

By Raechal Shewfelt, Yahoo Entertainment