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As Sumner Redstone’s former girlfriend and a Leslie Moonves accuser, Christine Peters has a whopper of a story to tell. And it appears she’s ready to do just that. A source says the How ?to Lose a Guy in 10 Days producer and ex-wife of Jon Peters is shopping a memoir titled Hollywood Granola: My Life With Nuts and Flakes and near a deal with a major publisher.
Peters, who also once headed up production for producer Robert Evans, wouldn’t confirm that she is working on a book. But she did speak to THR hypothetically.
“If I were to write a memoir,” teases a wary Peters, “it would be a cautionary tale [about] the hard work behind the scenes — not the red carpet fairy tale we’re often peddled.”
She may be wary because the last time she shopped a tell-all, she received a cease-and-desist letter from another Redstone ex-paramour, Manuela Herzer. Given that Peters, a mother of two, is the Moonves accuser with the most recent claim against the CBS CEO (in 2006), her story with a #MeToo spin would seem timely. In a July 27 exposé in The New Yorker, Peters told reporter Ronan Farrow that she met with Moonves in his office about a CBS Films job, and “then he just put a hand up my skirt.”
Peters’ on-the-record claim is likely the one that tipped Farrow’s piece into publication considering that the five other women who accused Moonves of sexual misconduct in the piece — including actress Illeana Douglas — dated back two decades. Peters’ claim is more recent and threatens to topple Moonves from his perch as one of the most powerful moguls in showbiz. It also has far-reaching business implications given that CBS is a publically traded company that Redstone’s daughter Shari wants to reunite with Viacom, a move that was resisted by Moonves and has spawned myriad lawsuits.
Peters, who is said to be working with literary manager Italia Gandolfo and editor Alan R. Brown on a draft, is something of a Zelig figure in Hollywood, having worked with or dated some of the most controversial and iconic figures in the industry. She was married to Jon Peters from 1987-93 and has two daughters with the larger-than-life film mogul.
If a book deal closes, it would mark one of the first for a #MeToo accuser. Rose McGowan scored a deal for a memoir before she became one of the dozens of women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment or assault (though the resulting book, titled Brave, came out months later).
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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