Sharon Stone is speaking up about being sexually harassed in the 1980s.
The “Basic Instinct” actress told Kelly Ripa during her “Let’s Talk Off Camera” podcast that a former Sony head flashed her during a meeting. Stone was an up-and-coming actress at the time; she did not name the Sony executive during the podcast.
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Stone recalled that she was “so excited” to “meet the head of Sony” at the time. However, the unnamed executive “took his penis right out in my face.” IndieWire has reached out to Sony for comment.
“I went to his office and it was, you know, back in the ’80s, so the couch was basically on the floor, you know?” Stone said. “It was those very low giant couches and my knees were around my neck and of course, I’m so tall anyway, so I look like all legs sitting there akimbo on the couch, and he is pacing around the office and he’s doing the exact same thing.”
Stone claimed the executive told her, ‘”Oh, it’s true what they say about you and you’re the most gorgeous. We haven’t seen anyone like you in decades. Everybody’s talking about you and look at you. You’re the most articulate. You’re so smart and beautiful and that hair.'”
She continued, “Then he came walking right up in front of me and he said, ‘But first … ‘ and he took his penis right out in my face. Of course, I was very young and what I do when I’m nervous, because I’m basically a very bubbly person, I started laughing. I started laughing and crying at the same time and I couldn’t stop because I became hysterical. I couldn’t stop, so he didn’t know what to do. So, of course, he put it away and he went through this door behind his desk, which I thought was that he left, so I didn’t know what to do. I was just sitting there hysterical and eventually, his secretary came and led me out, right? This was not the last of many weird experiences like this in my career.”
Stone said that while she welcomes apologies from any in Hollywood who’ve harassed her, to those who don’t, she said: “Don’t ever sit next to me again ever because if you sit next to me again, I’m gonna stand up in public and say, ‘I said, don’t sit next to me,’ so believe me.”
She continued, “I’ve gone to screenings where the only seat left was an empty one next to me and I’ve had men sit on the stairs in the aisle because they know, don’t sit next to me if you’re a MeToo that MeToo’d me, don’t sit in that empty chair next to me unless you’re gonna say sorry,” Stone said, adding that she tells people, “Don’t ever sit next to me again ever because if you sit next to me again, I’m going to stand up in public and say, ‘I said, don’t sit next to me,’ so believe me.”
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