Actor Kevin Sorbo has come out during a podcast with Adam Carolla accusing designer Gianni Versace of sexual harassment.
Kevin Sorbo is a name you may not have heard of in years, but the actor who is best known for his 6 season stint as Hercules in Hercules the Legendary Journeys, has just accused the late fashion designer Gianna Versace of sexual harassment.
In an interview aired on Adam Carolla’s podcast, Sorbo recounted an instance in 1984 when he was modeling in Italy before getting his hit role on television.
“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.”
As he continued, Sorbo recounted being invited to several parties with high profile celebs such as Richard Gere and others. He then said after a few group meetings Versace met him alone alleging that Versace wanted him to work with his fashion brand for commercials and advertising.
“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 fuck everything. You must do the dog, and the cat, and the boy, and the girl,” the actor recalls Versace telling him.
Sorbo says he told Versace they were “leading two different lifestyles,” then Versace said to him he wanted to “build a bridge” between them. “The bridge was never built, and I never got the campaign,” said Sorbo, “I got four free dinners.”
Since there were no other witnesses to this claim, and Mr. Versace has long passed on, there is no other source to confirm or deny these claims. Mr. Sorbo told The Hollywood Reporter that he still remained friends with Versace after the incident.
“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,” said Sorbo. “Casting couches have always been around. I don’t play that game, nor do I care to.”
These allegations come after the firestorm of accusations against high profile men within the film and fashion industry over the past few weeks. Sorbo is currently doing press for his faith-based movie Let There Be Light which is backed by Sean Hannity.
For information on Sorbo visit www.kevinsorbo.net