If an actress ever dared to spur his sexual advances, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein would allegedly do everything in his power to derail her career. In a 2017 Hollywood Reporter column, actress Mira Sorvino alleged Weinstein would blacklist any woman in the industry he felt had slighted him, habitually claiming they were drug addicts, and passing this false information on “to casting people and agencies.”
Sorvino recalled to The New Yorker several instances in which Weinstein was inappropriate, reportedly trying to massage her shoulders, “sort of chasing me around,” and even popping up to her home unannounced, under the pretense of going over marketing strategies for a movie. She dodged him by saying a boyfriend was on his way over. After the last incident, she felt something had changed. “There may have been other factors,” she told the publication, “but I definitely felt iced out [by Hollywood] and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it.”
In fact, director Peter Jackson distinctly remembered staffers at Miramax telling him to avoid Mira Sorvino (and Ashley Judd), revealing to Stuff in 2017, “I now suspect we were fed false information about both of these talented women, and as a direct result their names were removed from our casting list.”
Unfortunately, Sorvino’s story is just one of many. Over 50 actresses have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment so far, and that’s probably not even half the story.