Gloria Allred Demands 'Accountability' After Universal Studios Employee Allegedly Calls Girls 'Sluts' and 'Whores'
The 13-year-old girls were allegedly teased during a live show at NBCUniversal's California theme park
A couple of 13-year-old girls were the target of some inappropriate jokes during a live show at Universal Studios Hollywood, and famed feminist attorney Gloria Allred is not amused.
The girls, accompanied by their mothers, recounted their story at a press conference Wednesday at Allred's offices in Los Angeles. They said they were at the theme park's Halloween Horror Nights where they attended a stage show based on the Universal movie The Purge: Anarchy.
Allred said an actor incorporated the girls into the show. "Come over here, hookers," the actor allegedly said to three girls, two of whom are Allred's clients. "What's your name? … I'm just going to call you Slut 1, then Slut 2 and Slut 3," said the actor.
The actor also asked the crowd how much they would pay for the girls. When a man held up a dollar, the female actor said: "No, the bidding starts at $200,000."
The girls told their moms what happened and also showed them quick video clips of the event.
"I was horrified," said one of the parents, Sharla Fisher. "She was called names by a Universal Studios employee that no 13-year-old girl should be called. She was sexualized over the microphone in front of a crowd of people and then put up for auction where an adult male from the crowd bid on her."
Fisher said she lodged a complaint at the theme park's website and placed a call asking to speak to management but was rebuffed. She said she placed another call and this time was informed that someone would get back to her in a few days. When no one did, she hired Allred.
Allred said she is not yet seeking monetary compensation for her clients, just a meeting with Universal management, an apology and some policy changes. She also said that absent the latter, the park should post the following sign: "Parents beware. Your daughter is about to enter Universal Studios for Halloween Horror Night. While on our property your daughter, who may be as young as 13 years old, may be called a 'slut,' a 'whore' or a 'hooker' by Universal employees. Proceed at your own risk."
At the press conference, Allred displayed a mock-up of the sign she proposes, and she showed the modest clothing that the teenage girls wore the night of the incident.
NBCUniversal emailed the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "We take these issues very seriously and are looking into them. This conduct does not reflect our values or our guest communication guidelines. We are reaching out to those involved and will deal with the situation appropriately."
Insiders say that the actor who teased the teenage girls was taking creative liberties with the script she was provided.
"What happened that night was horrific," said Nancy Beals, the mother of one of the girls. "A female Universal Studios employee called her a 'whore,' a 'slut' and a 'hooker' on a microphone in front of a crowd while everyone laughed. This attack on my young daughter's character and reputation was irresponsible and hurtful to her and to me as her mother."
The teenagers, Kayla Beals and Roxy Fisher, also read statements and answered questions during Wednesday's press conference.
"I was embarrassed because many people were watching and listening and I worried that they might be thinking that I really was what she said that I was," Kayla Beals said.
"It made me very uncomfortable. I knew what she said was not true but I didn't know what other people might think," said Roxy Fisher. "When my mother complained, something should have been done."