Actor Paul Sorvino's public threat to producer Harvey Weinstein was sparked by new information that he learned regarding what his daughter told him about fending off the amorous advances of the disgraced producer.
On Jan. 10, the "Goodfellas" star told a TMZ cameraman he wants to "kill that motherf**ker," reports The Blast.
Sorvino, who played mob boss Paulie Cicero in the iconic Martin Scorsese movie, was responding to reports that Weinstein had actress Mira Sorvino blackballed from Hollywood because she rejected his attempts to seduce her.
The Blast reported that Paul Sorvino's reaction was motivated by new details learned that morning regarding Weinstein's alleged behavior toward his daughter, according to Paul Sorvino's publicist Roger Neal.
"He had just learned that Harvey went to Mira's home and tried to have sex with her and she had to lock herself in another room, as there was no way to escape," Neal said.
That was the image in Paul Sorvino's mind when he responded to the TMZ question with such colorful language, the publicist explained.
Mira Sorvino has appreciated her father's support since revelations first surfaced that she had suffered both privately and professionally due to Weinstein's actions. In early January, the actress tweeted a New Year's appreciation message.
"My love for my father has only continued to grow since this moment," she wrote. "He is the most giving father, the most brilliant actor, the most beautiful operatic tenor, the most talented visual artist … & best Grandpa ever!"
Mira Sorvino rose to prominence in 1995, winning an Oscar and Golden Globe for her portrayal of a kind-hearted hooker in Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite." She also received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in "Norma Jean and Marilyn" on the small screen in 1996.
In January, she added her name to the list of people who will no longer work with Allen, who has been dogged for years by accusations of improper behavior.
Mira Sorvino's declaration was in response to accusations by Allen's estranged daughter, Dylan Farrow, that the famed director had sexually abused her when she was 7 years old, according to People.
The allegations, which Allen has always denied, first surfaced in 1992 during his acrimonious split with his ex-partner, actress Mia Farrow, prior to Mira Sorvino being cast in her breakthrough role.
"I swallowed the media's portrayal of your abuse allegations against your father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and [Allen], and did not look further into the situation, for which I am terribly sorry," said Mira Sorvino.
Weinstein was a producer for "Mighty Aphrodite," and his company, Miramax, released the film.