MELISSA GIL­BERT’S ‘HOR­REN­DOUS’ AU­DI­TION FOR OLIVER STONE

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Melissa Gil­bert has joined the string of ac­tors who have come for­ward with al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

Gil­bert re­vealed de­tails about her de­mean­ing au­di­tion for di­rec­tor Oliver Stone for his biopic The Doors (1991), ac­cord­ing to The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter.

She said, “He asked me to do a scene that he had just writ­ten and it was re­ally sex­ual, a very graphic scene. The cast­ing woman had left the room. I was alone with him and an ac­tor, and he asked me to not only read it, but also stage it. To get down on my hands and knees and de­liver this re­ally hor­ren­dous di­a­logue. It was re­ally sprung on me and I started to cry. He said, ‘Good, that will make it bet­ter’ and I left.”

The di­rec­tor spoke out against Gil­bert’s nar­ra­tive of her au­di­tion for his film, ar­gu­ing that the scene was “made clear from the out­set” and that it was es­tab­lished that the film was go­ing to be a “raunchy, no-holds-barred, rock ‘n’ roll movie”.

Gil­bert also noted what she thought could be done to help pre­vent fu­ture in­stances of al­leged mis­con­duct.

“Ev­ery day, some­one has an­other story in some way. So, now the ques­tion is what are we go­ing to do about it? I think, be­cause the fo­cus is on Hol­ly­wood and on the en­ter­tain­ment industry in gen­eral, it starts here,” ex­plained Gil­bert, adding, “It starts with some sort of com­mis­sion that we cre­ate to de­fine the bound­aries and the rules, and cre­ate a safe place where peo­ple can come to re­port and get jus­tice. Then we change the laws to pro­tect the vic­tims and not the per­pe­tra­tors.”

Last month, Stone faced an­other ha­rass­ment claim af­ter model and ac­tor Car­rie Stevens al­leged that Stone groped her at a party.

OLIVER STONE IS KNOWN FOR MOVIES SUCH AS PLA­TOON (1986) AND JFK (1991)

PHOTO: SHUT­TER­STOCK

Melissa Gil­bert starred in the TV show Lit­tle House On The Prairie

PHOTO: CHARLES SYKES/IN­VI­SION/AP PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/KEVINHART4REAL

Ac­tor Kevin Hart with his son, Kenzo Kash Hart

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