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August 23, 2019

Actress Mira Sorvino tearfully reveals she was date raped

June 12, 2019
In this Nov. 5, 2018 photo, actress Mira Sorvino poses for a portrait in New York. (Amy Sussman/Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

ALBANY — Mira Sorvino revealed Wednesday that she is a rape survivor.

The Oscar-winning actress spoke about the shame she felt and the difficulty she still has speaking out about her past, during a trip to the state capital to push lawmakers to strengthen the state’s sexual harassment and rape laws.

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Sorvino, with a solemn-faced Gov. Cuomo seated at her side, took a deep breath and wiped away tears as she made the stunning admission.

“I’m a survivor of date rape,” she said. “I have never said that in public and I do not want to go into detail.

I have never said that last part ever in public because it is impossible to share these sort of things and I’m doing it here to try and help,” she added.

The New York native argued the state’s five year statute of limitations on second and third degree rape is too short for survivors.

“There are all these survivors out there right now who need justice, who need to feel that they can take the time they need to sort through the trauma, to sort through the shame,” she said.

Sorvino has previously accused movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse.

She went public with her allegations two years ago, claiming the disgraced producer abused her in a hotel room in 1995 during the Toronto International Film Festival.

Cuomo — pushing lawmakers to make pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which would add sex as a protected class to the state Constitution, change the legal definition of sexual harassment, new pay equity requirements and doing away with the statute of limitations for rape cases before the end of session next week — thanked Sorvino for coming forward.

“I’ve been in this room many times, and I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more intelligent, powerful, persuasive point than you just made — and God bless you for being so brave and courageous,” the governor said.

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