Melissa Gilbert Claims Oliver Stone Sexually Harassed Her During Audition as Revenge
The director and casting director defended their process for the film.
Melissa Gilbert on Monday told Andy Cohen that Oliver Stone sexually harassed her during her audition for The Doors to get back at her for embarrassing him in a social situation.
The Little House on the Prairie actress said when she came in to read for the Pamela Courson role (played by Meg Ryan) in the 1991 film, Stone had an additional sex scene he wanted her to read and block.
“He wrote this special scene that he wanted me to do for him physically in the casting room, and it was humiliating and horrid," she said. “He got me back and it hurt.”
Gilbert, at first, did not name Stone, saying she was "afraid to say his name, because I’m worried about backlash." However, moments later, she announced, "Oh fuck it. It was Oliver Stone, and it was The Doors.”
Stone responded to the accusation Tuesday afternoon, saying all actors who auditioned were told the experience would be extreme.
"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 in a statement to THR. "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. No scenes were rewritten for any single actor."
Garcia also issued a statement, calling the auditions "challenging," but necessary "given the nature of the material and the subject of the film."
"However, every actor who auditioned came in voluntarily and was aware of the provocative material prior to engaging in their scenes," Garcia said in a statement. "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. 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."
Gilbert is not the first to accuse the Oscar-winning director of sexual misconduct.
Last month, model and actress Carrie Stevens (Days of Our Lives, Beverly Hills, 90210) said Stone once groped her at a party.
Stone also sparked ire when he refused to condemn Harvey Weinstein, instead saying, "I believe a man shouldn't be condemned by a vigilante system. It's not easy what he's going through, either. During that period he was a rival. I never did business with him and didn't really know him. I've heard horror stories on everyone in the business, so I'm not going to comment on gossip. I'll wait and see, which is the right thing to do."
A rep for Stone did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
11:30 p.m.: This story has been updated with a comment from Stone and The Doors' casting director.