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Sharon Stone says ex-Sony head sexually harassed her in the 1980s
Actress Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone says ex-Sony head sexually harassed her in the 1980s

Actress Sharon Stone has said a former head of Sony Pictures exposed himself to her during a meeting in the 1980s.

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Ms Stone did not name the executive, but she said the encounter was "not the last of many weird experiences" throughout her long career.

Sony Pictures did not immediately return the BBC's request for comment.

Sharon Stone Oscar-nominated 65-year-old talked about the incident during a podcast with US talk show host Kelly Ripa.

She says she was called to the office of the former "head of Sony" for a meeting when she first moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s.

Sharon Stone claims the executive told her: "It's true what they say about you and you're the most gorgeous. We haven't seen anyone like you in decades. Everybody's talking about you, and look at you. You're the most articulate. You're so smart and beautiful - and that hair".

"Then he went, came walking right up in front of me, and he said, 'But first,' and he took his penis right out in my face," she said.

Ms Stone said she got hysterical and the executive backed off and left through a door behind his desk. She said his secretary later led her out of the office.

Ms Stone said there was "no way I could have told this story before" and "Sony would never hire me again" if she did at that time.

When she was promoting her 2021 memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, Sharon Stone said she felt pressured to reveal whether she had experienced sexual abuse in Hollywood.

The book came out a few years after the #MeToo movement exposed systemic sexual abuse by some of the entertainment industry's most powerful figures.

Sharon Stone shot to sex symbol status in the early 1990s via the hit movie Basic Instinct.

She went on to star in critically acclaimed films such as Casino, for which she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar.

 

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