Mira Sorvino’s Hollywood horror: I was gagged with a condom at an audition at age 16

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Mira Sorvino’s Hollywood horror: I was gagged with a condom at an audition at age 16

Sordid tales of Hollywood horrors past continue to spool out, the most recent from Oscar-winner Mira Sorvino who says she lost roles for refusing to submit to sex in exchange, and once was gagged with a condom during an audition when she was 16.

In an interview for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s podcast In Conversation to promote her new projects, including the Audience Network’s drama series, “Condor,” Sorvino, 50, talked about Harvey Weinstein’s criminal case, her regrets about working with Woody Allen, how Hollywood and the country have changed since the #MeToo movement she helped spread, and her activism in pushing for legislation in California aimed at countering sexual harassment and abuse.

The mother of four also expressed dismay about the Trump administration’s immigration policies, especially separating kids from their parents at the border.

Sorvino was among the first accusers of Weinstein, the fallen movie mogul (now under criminal indictment) she says blacklisted her from future roles for resisting his advances.

Now she’s continuing to speak out about the casting-couch mentality that ruled Hollywood in her youth. She said she lost multiple roles because she wouldn’t jump on the couch when demands were made by directors or casting agents.

“Directors pressuring you to have relationships with them, people casting you saying if you have a sexual relationship with them they’ll give you the part,” she said. “That has happened to me several times … I’ve had friends who were told, ‘You’re going to absolutely have to have sex with all kinds of people to advance your career.’ “

She always refused and lost out on roles as a result, she said.

She directly accused a major Oscar-winning director she described as “known for his social justice profile” but wouldn’t name him or his movies or when her encounter with him happened.

“(He) literally said to me at a very end-stage audition meeting, ‘You know, as I look at you my mind can’t help but travelling from the artistic possibilities to the sexual.’ I think my mouth just opened and my silence was deafening,” she recalled. She refused to go along. “I know for a fact that’s why I didn’t get that part.”

Her most shocking story involves an audition for a horror movie when she was 16 and not yet old enough to fully understand how Hollywood worked. She says she was treated “inappropriately” by a casting director at an audition for a horror movie. She says he tied her to a chair, bruised her arm and gagged her.

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