Published On: Mon, Nov 6th, 2017

Kevin Sorbo recounts being groped by Gianni Versace, ‘Casting couches have always been around’

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual allegations, Kevin Sorbo recounted a bizarre and disturbing encounter with the late Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace.

Sorbo reflected on working as a model in the 1980s, and he almost worked with Versace in 1984 during Adam Carolla’s podcast while promoting his new faith-based movie Let There Be Light.

“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,” he said of Versace.

The fashion designer invited Sorbo to dinner parties with Sophia Loren, opera star Luciano Pavarotti and Richard Gere.

The more parties Sorbo attended, the fewer people came, until it was only him and the fashion designer who was left. There, Versace offered to let him do commercials for his fashion brand. “All of a sudden, his hand goes up my leg,” recalled Sorbo, who immediately confronted Versace: “Dude, you know I’m straight?”

Versace was undeterred.

“This is why I like you. You’re not a girly man. You are a man’s man,” he quipped. “In life, you must [expletive] everything. You must do the dog, and the cat, and the boy, and the girl.”

Versace defended his actions by saying he only wanted to “build a bridge” between them. But Sorbo said “the bridge was never built, and I never got the campaign. I got four free dinners.”

This was before landing the lead role in “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.”

He booked me for his fashion shows but I never got his campaign, but I knew the game, just like I know the game of Hollywood,” he said. “Casting couches have always been around. I don’t play that game, nor do I care to.”


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