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Another actress has come forward to level sexual harassment allegations against ousted Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, bringing the number up to at least 30 accusers, according to the Associated Press.
English actress Sophie Dix claims that Weinstein invited her to a private room at the Savoy Hotel in London when she was 22 years old in 1990 where she was forcibly shoved onto a bed while Weinstein “tugged at her clothes,” according to her account given to The Guardian.
Having just been cast in what looked to be her breakthrough role alongside Colin Firth in The Advocate (originally released in the U.K. under the title The Hour of the Pig), Dix said she accepted Weinstein’s invitation to his room to “watch some rushes” — another term for “dailies” or unfinished footage shot on set — “naively.” Once there, Dix claims Weinstein was making advances on her “within a heartbeat.”
Dix claims to the paper she was able to make her way to the bathroom, where she barricaded herself. Upon opening the door after a period of time had passed, she was confronted with Weinstein facing her, “standing there masturbating.” Dix’s claim is similar to one made by television reporter Lauren Sivan, who alleged the Hollywood mogul trapped her in a hallway of a closed restaurant and masturbated in front of her in 2007.
Before heading to Weinstein’s room, Dix said she attended a dinner with the producer where the “wine was flowing.” Weinstein told Dix he was “struggling with scenes” on another film and invited the young actress to his room to view the rushes.
“As soon as I was in there, I realized it was a terrible mistake,” Dix said. “I got to the hotel room, I remember talk of a massage and I thought that was pretty gross. I think he showed me his big back and I found that pretty horrid. Then before I knew it, he started trying to pull my clothes off and pin me down and I just kept saying, ‘No, no, no.’ But he was really forceful. I remember him pulling at my trousers and stuff and looming over me and I just sort of — I am a big, strong girl and I bolted … ran for the bathroom and locked the door.”
Dix claimed she hid in the bathroom for “a while” before things went quiet outside. That’s when she opened the door to find Weinstein masturbating, at which point she “quickly closed the door again and locked it. Then when I heard room service come to the door, I just ran,” she said.
The incident left Dix in a depression. “I decided if this is what being an actress is like, I don’t want it,” she said, claiming she “took to the bed for six months.”
Dix, who is now a screenwriter, said she was “very, very vocal about [the incident] at the time,” but was met with a “wall of silence.”
That silence has now been broken, as both the New York Times and New Yorker reports have opened the floodgates for multiple alleged victims of Weinstein to tell their stories of sexual harassment and assault.
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