Actress Tippi Hedren has claimed that she was sexually assaulted by the director Alfred Hitchcock when she worked with him in the 1960s.
In excerpts from her new memoir, obtained by the New York Post, she says that he asked her to ‘touch him’, and tried to kiss her in the back of his limousine.
“It was an awful, awful moment,” she writes, adding that she felt powerless to tell anyone about the alleged advances because ‘sexual harassment and stalking were terms that didn’t exist’ at that time.
She goes on to say that the harassment continued on set, and that he groped her in her dressing room on the set of the film ‘Marnie’.
“It was sexual, it was perverse. The harder I fought him, the more aggressive he became,” she writes.
Hedren was Hitchcock’s muse for a time, after he first saw her in an advertisement for a slimming product and tracked her down in order to cast her in ‘The Birds’ in 1963.
However, she’s said that the director soon became obsessed with her, and if he saw her even talking to another man on set, he became ‘icy and petulant’, fixing her with an ‘expressionless, unwavering stare… even if he was talking to a group of people on the other side of the soundstage’.
The married director also warned other cast and crew-members not to ‘touch the girl’.
Their relationship was detailed in the 2012 HBO movie ‘The Girl’, in which Sienna Miller played Hedren to Toby Jones’ Hitchcock.
The film was based on Donald Spoto’s 2009 book, ‘Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies’, and detailed Hitchcock’s infatuation as well as claims he subjected her to traumatic experiences while filming ‘The Birds’.
Hedren’s book ‘Tippi’ is released in the US this week.