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Harvey Weinstein: English actor says alleged sexual assault ruined film career (Guardian)

Harvey Weinstein: English actor says alleged sexual assault ruined film career (Guardian)

An English actor who was on the brink of a career in the British film industry in the 1990s has told how her trajectory was “massively cut down” after an alleged sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein in a London hotel.

Sophie Dix claimed the Hollywood mogul performed an unwelcome sexual act in her presence after she was invited up his room at the Savoy hotel “to watch some rushes” – a film production term for unprocessed footage from a day’s filming.

She now says that what happened next was “the single most damaging thing that’s happened in my life”.

Dix had been cast in a new film with Colin Firth in 1990. Having been excited about her big break, she says that she accepted Weinstein’s invitation “naively”.

Once in the hotel room, “all the alarm bells started ringing” and “within a heartbeat” she found herself pushed on the bed with him “tugging at her clothes”.

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The young actor, who was 22 at the time, says that she managed to bolt to the bathroom and after some time in hiding opted to make an escape. She opened the door and found him facing her “standing there masturbating”. Read more

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