Oliver Stone is denying accusations of sexual harassment from Little House on the Prairie actress and former Screen Actors Guild president Melissa Gilbert.
Gilbert initially refused to name Oliver Stone during an interview on Andy Cohen’s radio programme on Monday (November 20), while describing a humiliating audition earlier in her career. Listen to the clip below:
However, Gilbert ultimately alleged the traumatic incident occurred when she auditioned for a role in Stone’s 1991 Jim Morrison biopic The Doors, and said her mistreatment was revenge for her previously publicly criticising Stone.
Gilbert described Stone writing an audition scene specifically for her, in which she would have uttered the come-on “Do me, baby” while grovelling on her hands and knees. Gilbert says she refused, and the role went to Meg Ryan instead.
“I never really talked about it — and it was all because I had said something and embarrassed him publicly,” she said. “He wrote this special scene that he wanted me to do for him physically in the casting room, and it was humiliating and horrid. He got me back and it hurt.”
Oliver Stone has now denied Gilbert’s version of events in a statement to Deadline, arguing that actresses auditioning for The Doors were made aware that it would have “raunchy” content.
“We auditioned dozens of actors for roles in The Doors and it was made clear from the outset that our film was going to be a raunchy, no-holds-barred rock ‘n’ roll movie,” Stone claimed.
“Anyone auditioning was told the scenes would be rehearsed and performed from a script, with my casting director, Risa Bramon Garcia, present throughout the process to ensure a safe environment for all actors who auditioned.”
A secondary statement from the aforementioned Doors casting director Risa Bramon Garcia insisted that “no actor was forced or expected to do anything that might have been uncomfortable” in working on the film.
“In my experience, there was no attempt to personally offend any particular actor,” Garcia added. “I always have and still do go out of my way to create a safe and creative space for actors in the audition room. It was no different on The Doors.”
In the 26 years since he made The Doors, Stone has remained consistently controversial in directing films like JFK, Nixon, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and more recently a documentary series about Vladimir Putin.
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