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The Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra has come forward to accuse disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.

The Italian-American actress told The New Yorker that Harvey Weinstein forced his way into her New York apartment and assaulted her in 1992.

Annabella Sciorra alleges that Harvey Weinstein harassed her in the subsequent years. In the article Daryl Hannah also says she was harassed by Harvey Weinstein.

His spokeswoman again said the producer denies claims of non-consensual contacts.

On October 26, another actress, Natassia Malthe, accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in a London hotel room in 2008.

More than 50 women have now accused the movie mogul of a range of allegations ranging from rape to harassment.

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Annabella Sciorra told the New Yorker‘s Ronan Farrow that the assault happened in 1992 after she had filmed The Night We Never Met, which Harvey Weinstein produced.

Harvey Weisntein forced himself into Annabella Sciorra’s apartment in New York while she was getting ready for bed after he had dropped her off following a group dinner.

The actress said Harvey Weinstein “pushed the door open” and refused to leave when asked, before shoving her onto the bed and raping her.

“I struggled, but I had very little strength left in me,” she said.

“Like most of these women, I was so ashamed of what happened. And I fought. I fought. But still I was like, Why did I open that door?… I felt disgusting.”

Annabella Sciorra said she did not report the incident to the police, but alleges her career began to suffer and did not work again until 1995.

“I just kept getting this pushback of <<We heard you were difficult; we heard this or that>>. I think that that was the Harvey machine.”

Daryl Hannah, who starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill series that Harvey Weinstein produced, also came forward with new allegations.

She said the producer tried to force himself into her hotel room when they were promoting Kill Bill and its sequel.

Daryl Hannah said that on one occasion the producer asked to grope her and then requested that she expose herself.

Since claims against him began to surface in early October, Harvey Weinstein has joined a rehabilitation program, but he has “unequivocally denied” all allegations of non-consensual contacts.


Family, friends and fans have paid tribute to James Gandolfini at his funeral in New York City, a week after he died in Italy.

David Chase, who created The Sopranos series that made James Gandolfini a household name was among the speakers.

“You were a good boy,” he said during the ceremony at New York’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

James Gandolfini, who was 51, died following a heart attack last Wednesday while on holiday with his son.

One of four speakers at the funeral, David Chase remembered James Gandolfini in the form of a letter to the actor, in the present tense, saying he brought the traits of a sad boy, “amazed and confused,” to the role of Tony Soprano.

“You could see it in your eyes. That’s why you were a great actor.”

Family, friends and fans have paid tribute to James Gandolfini at his funeral in New York City

Family, friends and fans have paid tribute to James Gandolfini at his funeral in New York City

David Chase recalled that James Gandolfini once told him: “You know what I want to be? A man. That’s all. I want to be a man.”

David Chase said he marveled upon hearing that, since the actor represented a man so many others wanted to be.

James Gandolfini’s widow, Deborah Lin, and two family friends also spoke during the service.

The actor’s portrayal of the mob boss in the HBO series won him three Emmy Awards as best actor in a drama series. The show ran for six seasons.

Aida Turturro, who played James Gandolfini’s sister in The Sopranos, was one of the first from the show’s large cast to arrive for the funeral service at 10:00 EST, which was led by the Very Reverend Dr. James A Kowalski.

Some 1,500 seats had been set up in the church for celebrities, fellow actors and members of the public who wanted to pay their respects to the star.

Several members of the cast of The Sopranos attended, including Edie Falco, Joe Pantoliano, Dominic Chianese, and Steve Buscemi.

The New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie also made an appearance.

Laila Robins, who played James Gandolfini’s on-screen mother as a young woman in the early seasons, remembered his friendly and humble nature.

“He had an acting coach on set back then because he just wanted to do a good job. That was so sweet, and I remember that about him the most – just how badly he wanted to do a good job. He worked so hard,” she said.

The funeral took place a day after a private family wake was held in New Jersey on Wednesday.

Broadway theatres later paid tribute to James Gandolfini, who was nominated for a Tony Award in 2009 for his role in God of Carnage, by dimming their lights.

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