Molly Ringwald: These Are My Harvey Weinsteins

Actress tells stories of disturbing sexual behavior she's encountered in 'New Yorker' column
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2017 7:18 PM CDT
Updated Oct 18, 2017 12:33 AM CDT
In an Aug. 19, 2015 file photo, actress and singer Molly Ringwald performs with her band at the Jazz Cafe in central London.   (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Molly Ringwald had a negative interaction with Harvey Weinstein, but it was purely business-related. That doesn't mean she's escaped unscathed. In a New Yorker column, the actress says she's "had plenty of Harveys of my own over the years," including a 50-year-old crew member who pushed up against her with an erection when she was 13 and a married film director who put his tongue in her mouth, on set, when she was 14. "At a time when I was trying to figure out what it meant to become a sexually viable young woman, at every turn some older guy tried to help speed up the process."

It continued into adulthood: A director asked her to let the lead actor put a dog collar around her neck even though it wasn't in the script and made no sense in the story. The head of a major studio, after Ringwald's retreat from the spotlight, commented in a magazine article that he wouldn't know the 24-year-old "if she sat on my face." There are more stories, but she never discussed them publicly "because, as a woman, it has always felt like I may as well have been talking about the weather," she writes. "Stories like these have never been taken seriously. Women are shamed, told they are uptight, nasty, bitter, can’t take a joke, are too sensitive. And the men? Well, if they’re lucky, they might get elected President." Click for her full column.

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