The Hollywood Reporter is following up with the courageous women who came forward with accusations against Harvey Weinstein to discuss their thoughts in the aftermath of Hollywood’s biggest controversy of the year.
Mira Sorvino, Natasha Henstridge, Kaitlin Doubleday, and six more actresses talk about the Weinstein aftermath in THR‘s upcoming 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue.
“The stories started coming, and you realize you’re not the only one, and you start accepting that you’ve actually been victimized,” Henstridge revealed. “I don’t like being a victim, or the idea of people thinking of me as weak. But to be a victim doesn’t mean you’re weak, it means that somebody did something bad to you.”
“I had to come to grips with that. I spent three and a half weeks after the stories came out teetering constantly. It was like PTSD.”
Sorvino meanwhile, who accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, thanked her support system at the time of the Weinstein assault and championed boyfriend Quentin Tarantino with protecting her as she dealt with the Hollywood honcho’s unnerving actions. “Everyone remembers me telling them at the time. Quentin Tarantino was my boyfriend right after these things happened, and he remembers me telling him,” she wrote. “Quentin thought that he was just really crushing hard on me. That was his interpretation. I was just happy that Quentin was my protector. I think that’s why Harvey stopped trying with me because he would never mess with the girlfriend of his star director.”
Sorvino noted, however, that she was never advised to go public with her claims. “No one ever said, ‘You should go up against Harvey, you should report him to the authorities. You have a case here.’”
In the days that followed Sorvino’s public accusations, the actress was faced with a wave of Twitter support and criticism. “Eight out of 10 comments were an affirmation. Two out of 10, the 20 per cent that were trolls, were quite disturbing. It felt like a gut punch at times.”
Though the actress said she felt “enormous peace wash over me” upon coming forward, she also feared her actions would signal the end of her career. “I felt like I may never work again and had to be okay with that. My minister, who happens to be female, thought I had to go forward with my story, and I agreed with her.”
And in another guest column titled, “Why I Went Up To Weinstein’s Hotel Room”, “Empire” star Kaitlin Doubleday touched on why so many women failed to decline Weinstein’s many invitations. “Women make decisions like the one I did for so many reasons. Women go into the hotel room because so many of the doors they see are closed,” she explained. “It can be tempting to enter the one that remains open.”