Stepping up about sexual harassment she experienced in the 1980s is Sharon Stone. During her “Let’s Talk Off Camera” podcast, Kelly Ripa was informed by the “Basic Instinct” actress that a former Sony executive flashed her at an appointment. During the time, Stone was a budding actress; she refrained from naming the Sony executive in the podcast. Stone remembered that at the time, she was “so excited” to “meet the head of Sony.” But the executive who shall remain nameless “took his penis right out in my face.” IndieWire has contacted Sony for a statement.
“I went to his office and it was, you know, back in the ’80s, so the couch was basically on the floor, you know?” Stone remarked. “It was those very low giant couches and my knees were around my neck and of course, I’m so tall anyway, so I look like all legs sitting there akimbo on the couch, and he is pacing around the office and he’s doing the exact same thing.” She further added, “Then he came walking right up in front of me and he said, ‘But first … ‘ and he took his penis right out in my face. Of course, I was very young and what I do when I’m nervous, because I’m basically a very bubbly person, I started laughing. I started laughing and crying at the same time and I couldn’t stop because I became hysterical. I couldn’t stop, so he didn’t know what to do. So, of course, he put it away and he went through this door behind his desk, which I thought was that he left, so I didn’t know what to do. I was just sitting there hysterical and eventually, his secretary came and led me out, right? This was not the last of many weird experiences like this in my career.”
“Don’t ever sit next to me again ever because if you sit next to me again, I’m gonna stand up in public and say, ‘I said, don’t sit next to me,’ so believe me,” Stone stated, adding that she welcomed apologies from any Hollywood celebrities who have harassed her. She further elongated her statement by saying, “I’ve gone to screenings where the only seat left was an empty one next to me and I’ve had men sit on the stairs in the aisle because they know, don’t sit next to me if you’re a MeToo that MeToo’d me, don’t sit in that empty chair next to me unless you’re gonna say sorry,” Stone said, adding that she tells people, “Don’t ever sit next to me again ever because if you sit next to me again, I’m going to stand up in public and say, ‘I said, don’t sit next to me,’ so believe me.”