Brando se­duced me when I was just 15, says au­thor

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LON­DON: Jackie Collins has made the shock­ing rev­e­la­tion that screen leg­end Mar­lon Brando had sex with her when she was only 15.

The best-sell­ing au­thor says Brando se­duced her at a Hol­ly­wood party – days af­ter she had been ex­pelled from a school in Eng­land.

Collins, now 72, said: “Mar­lon was in his early thir­ties and I was about to be 16. He sent some­one over to me at a party to say, ‘Mar­lon thinks you’re great-looking and have a great body and would like to meet you’. We had a very brief but fab­u­lous af­fair – he was at the height of his fame and glam­our.”

Had Collins, then a bud­ding ac­tress, made her al­le­ga­tions pub­lic at the time, Brando, who was one of the most iconic fig­ures of the 20th cen­tury, would have faced up to four years in prison.

Un­der Cal­i­for­nian law, the age of sex­ual con­sent is 18. Any man who has sex with a girl un­der 18, where there is more than a three-year age dif­fer­ence, is break­ing the law.

The af­fair would, ac­cord­ing to Collins’s rec­ol­lec­tion, have been in the sum­mer of 1953, shortly be­fore she turned 16. Brando would, in fact, have been 29.

Collins has spo­ken pre­vi­ously of Brando com­ing on to her at a party, but has never been so ex­plicit about the fact that they ac­tu­ally had a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship.

In 1995, she told the Daily Mail: “I didn’t know any bet­ter and he was very thin then. He was my favourite movie star – I’d seen The Wild One 26 times – and then I met him at a party.

“He stared straight at my 39 inch chest – men of­ten talk to my chest – and said, ‘That’s a great-looking body you have, lit­tle girl’. It was a mu­tual at­trac­tion. He had girl­friends, but I didn’t care.

“It was such a thrill for me be­cause it was the most amaz­ing in­tro­duc­tion to Hol­ly­wood. I had only been there a week and there was my favourite movie star com­ing on to me. I saw him on and off for a while and then it was over. “He was a great char­ac­ter.” Not only was her af­fair with Brando il­le­gal, it was also the cause of a rift be­tween her and her elder sis­ter, ac­tress Joan Collins, who also had a re­la­tion­ship with Brando.

Since Brando’s death in 2004 a num­ber of women have come for­ward to re­veal his dark side.

In 2005 his third wife, Tarita Teri­ipia, claimed in a book that he had be­haved in­ap­pro­pri­ately to­ward their daugh­ter, Cheyenne. Ac­cord­ing to Tarita, Cheyenne wrote in her di­ary that her fa­ther used to mas­sage her “as if he wanted me to pre­tend we were mak­ing love”.

Tarita spec­u­lated that the abuse could have con­trib­uted to her daugh­ter’s de­ci­sion to com­mit sui­cide later in her life.

And in 2007 Maria Sch­nei­der, Brando’s co-star in the ex­plicit film Last Tango in Paris, said he had in­sisted on adding the con­tro­ver­sial scene in which he pins her face­down on a floor and per­forms a sex act on her. – Daily Mail

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