Actor Kevin Sorbo alleges that he was sexually harassed by the late Italian fashion magnate Gianni Versace when he was working as a model in the early 1990s.
Sorbo made the claim on Adam Carolla’s podcast Tuesday during a conversation about the multitude of women who have accused producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault.
“I’ve got my sexual harassment story,” Sorbo told Carolla during the discussion.
Sorbo said that in 1984, prior to his stint as the lead on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, which ran for six seasons in the late 1990s, Versace approached him in Italy, where he was modeling: “He wanted to meet me because of my height. At 6-foot, 3-inches, he wanted me to do fashion shows with these 6-foot tall women.”
Sorbo says he was invited to a dinner party where he met Sophia Loren, opera star Luciano Pavarotti, Richard Gere and others. He was invited for several more dinner parties, each one with fewer attendees, until one time it was him and Versace alone, where he told Sorbo he wanted him in commercials advertising his fashion brand.
“All of a sudden, his hand goes up my leg,” says Sorbo. “Dude, you know I’m straight?” he told Versace.
“This is why I like you. You’re not a girly man. You are a man’s man,” Versace told Sorbo, according to his recollection.
“In life, you must f**k everything. You must do the dog, and the cat, and the boy, and the girl,” the actor recalls Versace telling him.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Bond