- Actress, 65, opened up about horrific business meeting from the 1980s
- She claimed the former studio head ‘took his penis right out in my face’
- The Hollywood star said it was one of many ‘weird’ encounters during her career
The Hollywood icon, 65, opened up about the horrific experience during a candid chat on Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa, as she detailed the #MeToo moment, which took place ‘back in the eighties’ and left her ‘hysterical’.
‘When I first came to LA I was called down to Sony. I had been here a couple of years,’ she began. ‘I was so excited to meet the head of Sony and I went to his office.’
The star explained that due to the style of furniture during the era, the ‘low giant couch’ in his office was ‘basically on the floor’.
‘My knees were around my neck [because] I’m so tall, so I look like all legs sitting there akimbo on the couch, and he is pacing around the office,’ she continued.
The Basic Instinct star then explained how the producer began to shower her with praise as she recalled: ‘”Oh, it’s true what they say about you and you’re the most gorgeous. We haven’t seen anyone like you in decades”… Then he went, came walking right up in front of me.
‘He said, “But first…” and he took his penis right out in my face.’
Sharon recalled her stunned reaction as she continued: ‘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.’
The Casino star then explained how she became ‘hysterical,’ adding: ‘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 he put it away and he went through this door behind his desk. I thought 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.’
The Hollywood veteran made her film debut in Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories in 1980 before landing a speaking role in Deadly Blessing the following year. She featured in a handful of TV shows before starring in Total Recall in 1990 before portraying femme fatale Catherine Tramell alongside Michael Douglas in 1992 hit Basic Instinct.
Sharon revealed that the shocking moment had been brought back to her mind before her interview on Kelly’s SiriusXM podcast after watching a recent live performance by singer Jessie Reyez.
The actress had been moved to tears after the musician performed her track, Gatekeeper – which is about the moment Jessie was told she had to perform a sexual act if she wanted to get a record deal.
A tearful Sharon stated: ‘This was not the last of many weird experiences like this in my career, but when I heard this girl saying this [decades later].
‘It was around 1980 that this happened to me and now we’re in 2023, which is 43 years later. I see this young girl and I am mortified that this still [happens], the same exact thing.’
She added: ‘But at least she’s on stage and she’s telling the world and making a song. Now the whole Forum, boys and girls, are able to say “I’m not putting up with this anymore either” and they are singing with her.
‘I was crying because there was no way I could have told this story before. There was no way anyone would listen to me and ever hire me again, because I wouldn’t have been able to tell on a studio head from 1980 because Sony would never hire me again.
‘But the truth of the matter is, they’re not hiring me anyway. When I wrote my book, the only thing everyone ever asked me was ‘are you naming names?
‘I specifically did not name names in my book because it is a pointless exercise. They know who they are. They so know who they are that I haven’t worked in 20 years.’
Sharon has long been open about her struggles in ‘misogynistic’ Hollywood, and opened up in detail about some of her worst experiences in her memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice.
The star revealed that an unnamed producer brought her into his office to suggest she sleep with a male costar so that they’d have more chemistry.
‘He explained to me why I should f**k my costar so that we could have onscreen chemistry. Why, in his day, he made love to Ava Gardner onscreen and it was so sensational! Now just the creepy thought of him in the same room with Ava Gardner gave me pause,’ she wrote.
In an interview during her promotional tour, the star revealed to Town & Country magazine that a director – who she chose not to name – sexually harassed her by insisting she sit on his lap.
‘He’d tell me that I should sit on his lap to get direction for the scene,’ said Stone.
‘And when I told him that I was not going to sit on his lap, he would send me back to the trailer. And that is just the way it was.’
The incident took place when she was ‘at the height of her earning power,’ the magazine explained.