Director Oliver Stone is denying allegations of harassment brought forward by Melissa Gilbert.
The actress sat down with Andy Cohen on his SiriusXM radio show, “Radio Andy”, and described a “humiliating” incident during an audition.
At first, Gilbert held back and didn’t name names, “As I was becoming a young woman, there were moments where there were men in more powerful positions, and one in particular who humiliated me at one point in an audition,” she explained.
Only hinting, “He’s a big director.”
“He had me read a scene, and he said ‘I have written this special scene for you and I’d like you to do it with the actor, I want to see your chemistry with the two of you,'” Gilbert continued. “And the whole scene was my character on her hands and knees saying, ‘Do me, baby,’ like really dirty and horrible… And then he said ‘I’d like you to stage it for me.’ And I left crying.”
She added, “And it was all because I said something that embarrassed [him] publicly.”
Afraid of the “backlash” Gilbert was hesitant to say his name, but eventually gave in, “Ah, f**k it, it was Oliver Stone, and it was ‘The Doors’ movie.”
She added, “It was humiliating and horrid and he got me… and it hurt.”
Stone, 71, addressed the accusations in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. The director said the raunchy nature of the audition was made clear to all actors who voluntarily chose to audition.
“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 said. “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.”
Garcia also issued a statement, insisting no one was forced to do anything that made them uncomfortable. “Every actor who auditioned came in voluntarily and was aware of the provocative material prior to engaging in their scenes,” Garcia said. “No actor was forced or expected to do anything that might have been uncomfortable, and most actors embraced the challenge, recognizing Oliver Stone’s vision and the creative process.”
“In my experience, there was no attempt to personally offend any particular actor,” Garcia continued. “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’.”
The role ultimately went to Meg Ryan.