Molly Ringwald is opening up about her personal experience with sexual harassment while growing up as a young girl in Hollywood.
In an essay written for The New Yorker, the now 49-year-old actress, who rose to fame in the ’90s with teen cult films like “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles”, recalls her experience with disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein and other men reportedly like him.
Sharing her story, Ringwald details the first and last time she worked with the former film studio executive, who she claims came across as “volatile” and “made everyone cringe” while she was filming a supporting role at age 20 for “Strike It Rich”.
“When we began filming, in France, I was warned about the producer,” Ringwald writes. “The feeling on the set was that he and his brother, Bob, were becoming powerful and were difficult to work with, and that it was inadvisable to cross them.”
While the actress explains that the “worst she had to contend with was performing new pages that Harvey had someone else write,” Ringwald reveals that she has experienced sexual harassment from other similar men in film through the years.
“I have had plenty of Harveys of my own over the years, enough to feel a sickening shock of recognition,” she says. “When I was 13, a 50-year-old crew member told me that he would teach me to dance, and then proceeded to push against me with an erection. When I was 14, a married film director stuck his tongue in my mouth on set.”
Ringwald remembers a particularly harrowing instance when “the head of a major studio” reportedly told Movieline back in September 1995, “I wouldn’t know [Molly Ringwald] if she sat on my face.” She recalls, “I was 24 at the time. Maybe he was misquoted. If he ever sent a note of apology, it must have gotten lost in the mail.”
According to the following post on Twitter, it was former Dreamworks chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg who reportedly gave the inappropriate quote. Katzenberg has since told Variety that Weinstein is a “monster” following the producer’s many sexual assault allegations.
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