The recent revelations that poured out against Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein has opened a floodgate of support for victims in standing up and speaking out against their abusers. Kevin Spacey. Louis C.K. George Takei. Al Franken. Brett Ratner. Casey Affleck. Bill Cosby. The list has been growing for years, but names are now being added every day against Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Now another name is added to the list. In 1986, while filming Over the Top, a 16-year-old rape victim went to police to report being coerced and threatened into having sex with Sylvester Stallone and his bodyguard, Michael De Luca. The teen told police that she had first consented to sex with Stallone, who began to make her uncomfortable when asked her if she had ever had sex with two men at the same time, then brought his bodyguard out of the bathroom.
The victim told police that she was forced to perform oral sex on both men and was penetrated by De Luca against her will. She felt she had no choice but to continue despite her reluctance, and Stallone threatened to “beat her head in” if she told anyone about the encounter.
‘After the incident, the teen claims Stallone threatened her – she couldn’t tell anyone because both men were married and if she said anything, ‘they would have to beat her head in’, before laughing with De Luca.
‘The unidentified teen ultimately decided not to pursue charges against either men because she was “humiliated and ashamed,” as well as being “scared,” according to the police report.’
While the victim is not named in the report, nor has she chosen to come forward, the Daily Mail obtained a copy of the police report and former Las Vegas metro police department detective sergeant John Samolovitch confirmed its veracity as the original report in the incident.
Stallone’s spokespeople deny the encounter occurred, called the claims “ridiculous,” and say that the actor has never heard these allegations before.
‘This is a ridiculous, categorically false story. No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone. At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.’
For the record, the “authorities” do not contact a sexual assault perpetrator when the victim chooses not to press charges. Most 16-year-olds, as well as any other victim of rape, would be intimidated into silence in the face of any man who threatened her life, much less a very famous and wealthy actor. Not to mention, it is all but a given that “no one was ever aware of this story until it was published,” because that’s kind of how it works.
In 1986, Stallone had appeared in many films, won an Oscar for his own film, Rocky, and had starred in Rocky II and Rocky III, the first three films in an ongoing story that made him a star and a household name.
It’s difficult to deny an official police report or to discredit a victim who has never come forward by insisting she’s looking for fame or money. Yet, just like most sexual assault perpetrators, Stallone’s first response is to deny, deny, deny.
Fans were understandably upset by the news. Few, however, chose not to believe the allegations, and a new accuser even came forward on Twitter in response to the news.
BULLSHIT @TheSlyStallone. You did this to me when I was 13. You came to Catalina Beach Club to shoot for Vanity Fair. You sent a lifeguard over to me to say "Sly Stallone said he wants to suck on your little titles." You preyed on teenage girls. I got away before you touched me pic.twitter.com/Ds3TRwLBl8
— Stefanie Iris Weiss ? (@EcoSexuality) November 16, 2017
Others were just shocked and outraged by the revelations.
2016 was year of Hollywood deaths
2017 is year of Hollywood sexual predators
2018 Oscars gonna be like…
Sylvester Stallone pic.twitter.com/xHnlkMFqHc
— D.T. (@Darlene26811165) November 16, 2017
I’m telling you. The names will get bigger. Sylvester Stallone isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.
Just wait until the ones where people settled out of court start coming out.
Money doesn’t buy silence, it buys time.
More brave souls will come forward.
— Aaron Denius (@AaronDenius) November 16, 2017
Last year every time a star was trending we feared they'd died. This year we fear they're being accused of sexual assault.
"Sylvester Stallone" pic.twitter.com/F90DPXm1vv
— Nazis are BAD and the NRA are terrorists (@TLDRJones) November 16, 2017
Me: (Sees Sylvester Stallone trending) I wonder what movie he has coming out
— Nathan Platt (@nathanplatt) November 16, 2017
Sylvester Stallone up next. Jeezuz.
— Keith M. (@ksecus) November 17, 2017
Now Sylvester Stallone.
I grew up watching his movies.
— hellrazor_scrypt (@Virtus_Pathogen) November 17, 2017
Damn they tryna get Stallone up outta here too?
— Holyfield (@LayTwoTimes) November 17, 2017
while i'm really upset one of my biggest idols is apparently a huge piece of shit, i am glad that it is finally coming out to light.
it's going to be a while before i can watch a stallone movie, if i ever can again.
it fucking sucks, man
— the guns of the p'zone (@juanchupacabra) November 17, 2017
See Mike Trout trending
"Oh no oh no oh no….."
Thank god, not sexual assault allegations.
Oh Sylvester Stallone is trending….. pic.twitter.com/vxW4UjwORY
— Corey Brewer is our Baby (@RjMoffa) November 17, 2017
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