Italian-American actress accuses Hollywood producer Weinstein of raping her in ’90s

Italian-American actress accuses Hollywood producer Weinstein of raping her in ’90s

Los Angeles: Joining the list of actresses who have alleged sexual assault by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Italian-American actress Annabella Sciorra has made a fresh accusation against the movie moghul, saying he raped her in 1990s, media reports said.

In an interview to The New Yorker, one of the newspapers that first broke stories about accusations against Weinstein, “The hand that rocks the cradle” lead actor  said  the producer had “shoved” her onto bed and the two had sexual intercourse which was non-consensual.

“He shoved me onto the bed, and he got on top of me,” Sciorra alleged in an interview with the New Yorker. “I kicked and I yelled,” she told the reporter.

However, the actress kept the whole incident a “secret” because of the fear that her career would be affected.

Joining the list of actresses, Montreal actress Erika Rosenbaum went public recently about her alleged sexual harassment complaints against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, saying the latter had harassed her years ago.

The Montreal actress, who was so far mum about the sexual harassment, going back to mid 2000, reached out to the original reporter, Jodi Kantor, to share her own experience.

Rosenbaum said she was shaken to hear the experiences of other actresses, including one Canadian, which were similar to her own experience.

Revealing her experience to the media, the Montreal actress said that Weinstein approached her aggressively thrice when she was in her early 20s, at a time she was pursuing her career in Los Angeles.

During the third occasion, Rosenbaum alleged the producer held lher by the back of her neck and masturbated while standing behind the actress.

Weinstein, however, denied any such allegations.

In the wake of the reports of sexual harassment of actresses by powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, #MeToo has been flooding the social media for some days as tens and thousands of women have bared their hearts to reveal their own ugly experiences.

American actress Alyssa Milano, on October 15, wrote a post on Twitter and asked her followers to retweet it with a reply ‘me too’ if they were sexually harassed or assaulted , to imply the “magnitude of the problem”.

Milano tweeted to say: “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”

The urge to retweet by the actress has sparked the hashtag as several women started to write on social networking sites #MeToo and some of them even shared their own experiences.

Image: twitter.com/AnnabellSciorra

-IBNS

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