Assault claim ‘I was very vocal about it, but met by a wall of silence’
An English actor, on the brink of a career in the British film industry in the 1990s, said her career had been “massively cut down” following 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, at the age of 22, to his room at the Savoy Hotel “to watch some rushes”. Recalling that she had been cast in a film with Colin Firth in 1990, she said that she had accepted Weinstein’s invitation “naively”.
In the hotel room “all the alarm bells starting ringing”. She found herself pushed on the bed with him “tugging at her clothes” and ran to the bathroom to escape. The incident left her traumatised and depressed and she concluded that the film industry was not for her.
Dix, now 48 and a screen writer, had been invited by Weinstein to dinner and had “felt flattered”. She had met him socially before with colleagues in the industry. “I remember him pulling at my trousers and looming over me and I just bolted ... ran for the bathroom and locked the door. I was in there for a while, he went very quiet. After a while I remember opening the door and seeing him just there facing the door masturbating, so I locked [the door]. Then when I heard room service come to the door I just ran.”
Dix told her family, friends and colleagues at the time. “I was very, very vocal about it at the time … But I was met with a wall of silence … people in the industry didn’t want to know about it.”
She considered going to police and discussed the incident with other women but she said they felt they would be “thrashed” and lose their careers.
Dix subsequently had roles in TV series such as ITV’s Soldier Soldier, but she never got another film role and now concentrates on work as a screen writer.
She said she hoped that by speaking out it would help change what she described as a “misogynist” and “antiquated” industry where “men hitting on women” in the place of work was accepted.
She added: “I told a lot of people who
Sophie Dix was excited about her big break, but decided ‘if this is what being an actress is like’, she didn’t want it