Oliver Stone already made some waves in the early moments of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, defending the disgraced movie mogul. Stone quickly walked this back after a negative reaction, but it did seem like he was putting some spotlight on his own life inadvertently.
And while there’s no direct connection to Weinstein, Stone is now facing accusations of sexual harassment from actress and former Screen Actors Guild president Melissa Gilbert. During an appearance on Andy Cohen’s satellite radio show, Gilbert hinted at her own past with sexual harassment and seemed to leery of naming any names at first according to Deadline:
“I’m actually sitting here telling you this story, afraid to say his name, because I’m worried about backlash,” she said in the interview. After being reluctant she eventually said, “Oh f*** it! It was Oliver Stone, and it was The Doors.”
“I never really talked about it — and it was all because I had said something and embarrassed him publicly,” she said. “He wrote this special scene that he wanted me to do for him physically in the casting room, and it was humiliating and horrid.” She adds, “He got me back and it hurt.”
According to Gilbert, she was auditioning for the role that eventually went to Meg Ryan in the film. Stone apparently wrote a scene specifically for Gilbert during her audition, asking her to get on her hands and knees before saying, “Do me, baby.” As she describes in the chat, it was a humiliating and uncomfortable situation that forced her to leave the audition in tears according to Deadline.
Stone was accused of harassment by former Playboy playmate Carrie Stevens after his defense of Weinstein gained attention. The model alleges that Stone groped her during a party when she was 22 years old, describing the incident to the NY Daily News back in October:
“He was really cocky, had this big grin on his face like he was going to get away with something,” Stevens, who was 22 at the time, told The News.
At that point, Stone “reached out and…honked it like a horn,” she said, describing him as “an immature guy in elementary school who snaps your bra.”
Stevens added that her experience was typical in Hollywood and that she likely wasn’t the only woman Stone encountered saying, “If they do it to one, they’ll do it to as many as they can get away with.” The former playmate didn’t think anybody would speak out due to the director’s stature in Hollywood, but now Gilbert has added her story to the record.
According to Deadline, Stone has yet to respond to either allegation.
(Via Deadline / NY Daily News)