Mira Sorvino has praised her “loving” father Paul, after he hit headlines for threatening to kill disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein if he avoids jail.
The Goodfellas star, who is famous for playing mob bosses on the big and small screen, is still furious after learning the movie mogul blacklisted Mira when she turned down his sexual advances, and told TMZ on Tuesday (02Jan17): “He oughta hope he goes to jail because if we come across (each other) I think he’ll be lying on the floor, somehow.”
Weinstein’s sexual misconduct and assault case has been passed to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s officials for further investigation and the producer is currently being scrutinized by lawmakers in London and New York following accusations of rape from a number of alleged victims. Of the prospect of Weinstein going to jail, Paul added: “Good for him if he goes, because, if not, he has to meet me and I will kill the motherf**ker.”
The actor’s comments caused a stir on social media and led to many fans looking back at the relationship between Mira and her dad. One Twitter user shared a video of Mira thanking her father when she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Mighty Aphrodite in 1996, and she responded to the footage: “My love for my father has only continued to grow since this moment. All the love in my heart! He is the most loving father, the most brilliant actor, the most beautiful operatic tenor, the most talented visual artist- the wisest and most human advice giver, & best Grandpa ever!!”
Filmmaker Peter Jackson recently claimed he had been advised by Weinstein not to work with Mira when he was casting Lord of the Rings.
Weinstein denied his allegations, prompting the director to issue a statement, revealing the actress’ name was among those “raised as possible stars”, but Weinstein and his partners at production company Miramax advised him to steer clear of her, because they claimed to have had “bad experiences” with her in the past.
Jackson has since apologized to Mira for being an unwitting accomplice in harming her career.