Actress Anne Heche has become the latest actress to accuse Harvey Weinstein of inappropriate behavior, claiming she was fired from a movie for refusing to perform a sex act on the producer.
Appearing on the Allegedly podcast on Tuesday, the Catfight star revealed the disgraced film boss asked her to perform oral sex on him and when she refused she was kicked off the set of a Miramax studio movie.
She didn't name the film and when she was asked why she didn't come forward sooner, she said, "First of all, you were threatened the second you walk out the door."
Recalling her encounter with Harvey, whose life unraveled last year following the publication of two exposes detailing decades of alleged sexual misconduct, Heche said, "I personally did not suck Harvey's d**k, although he showed it to me and I got out of the room before there was any physical contact…
"The fact is, I was fired from a job I had been hired for… The repercussions of standing up for yourself were as deep and targeted as some of the scars of the women who actually got more physically… involved."
Heche went on to accuse the producer of preying on young, vulnerable girls, adding, "You're talking about girls, young actresses are very vulnerable. A lot of us come from hurt backgrounds. What happens when you come from a broken place, you don't have any guidance, you don't have support, a parent you can go to. And you certainly don't want to go to Harvey's partner and say this happened.
"You come to L.A. (Los Angeles), you're alone, you don't have friends that you are being able to talk to and that's what he takes advantage of – that isolated, vulnerable girl… That's why every one of us was 19, 20, 21 or 22. He didn't go after the 40-year-old woman. He hits on me when I'm 19, 20, 21, 22, vulnerable, scared, frightened.
"If I wasn't sexually abused as a child, I don't know if I would have had the strength to stand up to Harvey and many others."
The actress joins the likes of Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek, Asia Argento, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mira Sorvino, who have accused Weinstein of harassment, abuse and rape. The producer maintains he never forced a woman to have sex with him.