As­sault claim ‘I was very vo­cal about it, but met by a wall of si­lence’

The Guardian - - NEWS | WEINSTEIN ALLEGATIONS - Lisa O’Car­roll

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

Pho­to­graph: Graeme Robert­son for the Guardian

So­phie Dix was ex­cited about her big break, but de­cided ‘if this is what be­ing an ac­tress is like’, she didn’t want it

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