Oliver Stone feels he has no need to apologize.
As we previously reported, two women have come forward to accuse the acclaimed director of misconduct in response to the powerhouse’s controversial Harvey Weinstein stance. Not only did former Playboy playmate Carrie Stevens accuse the director of groping her at a party, but actress Melissa Gilbert told Andy Cohen that Stone harassed her during an audition for The Doors.
While Oliver has backtracked his Weinstein remarks, he REFUSES to acknowledge that he did anything wrong amid The Doors audition. In case you missed it, per Melissa’s account, the Hollywood heavyweight forced Gilbert to perform a scene he wrote specifically for her where she had to get on her hands and knees and say, “Do me, baby.” She says she left the audition in tears.
The Snowden director has since addressed the controversy, as he noted in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter:
“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 ├óΓé¼╦£n’ roll movie. 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.”
Garcia also weighed in on the accusations as she recalled that the auditions were “challenging,” but defended that it was necessary “given the nature of the material and the subject of the film.” She continued:
“However, every actor who auditioned came in voluntarily and was aware of the provocative material prior to engaging in their scenes. 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.”
Hmmmm, very interesting. Hopefully, this entire thing was just one big misunderstanding.
Still, Stone has remained tight-lipped about the groping allegation…
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