Sunday, October 15, 2017

Another Hollywood mogul’s head to roll? Playboy Playmate accuses bigtime director of sexual assault

The following article appeared on October 12th

Director Oliver Stone refused to condemn shamed Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, after he was accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment and rape, and a former Playboy Playmate thinks she knows why.

According to Carrie Stevens, Stone sexually assaulted her at a party 20 years ago, she told the New York Daily News

“He was really cocky, had this big grin on his face like he was going to get away with something,” Stevens, who is now 48 years old, but was 22 at the time, told the News. 
Carrie Stevens
Stevens said the director “reached out and” grabbed her breast and “honked it like a horn.”

She said that no one who was around them said anything to Stone about it.

“That’s what’s going on in Hollywood,” she said. “That’s why things have to change. He’s Oliver Stone. Nobody’s going to say anything.”

“He walked up like he was entitled to grab anything he wanted. He did it because he wanted to,” Stevens, who was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month in June 1997, said.

“If they do it to one, they’ll do it to as many as they can get away with,” she told the News.

Stevens has been vocal on social media about the Weinstein saga and hinted at her incident with Stone.

Stone defended Weinstein to The Hollywood Reporter, saying that he believed “you wait until this thing gets to trial.” 
Oliver Stone

I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either,” he said. “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.”

Stone has a vested interest in not condemning Weinstein, as a partner with Weinstein Television for the television drama “Guantanamo,” a show about soldiers, detainees and others involved in the prison based in Cuba.

He later went on Facebook to walk back his comments, saying that he was traveling and didn’t know all of the accusations against Weinstein:

I’ve been traveling for the last couple of days and wasn’t aware of all the women who came out to support the original story in the New York Times.

After looking at what has been reported in many publications over the last couple of days, I’m appalled and commend the courage of the women who’ve stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape.

I’ll therefore recuse myself from the “Guantanamo” series as long as the Weinstein Company is involved.

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