Brando seduced me when I was just 15, says author
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