Oliver Stone, the Oscar-winning director of “Platoon,” and whose other films include “Wall Street,” “Salvador,” and “JFK,” has been accused of sexual harassment by Milissa Gilbert, who became famous for her role on the long-running television series “Little House on the Prairie.”
On Monday, speaking on Andy Cohen’s satellite radio show, Gilbert at first was reluctant to identify which director had allegedly sexually harassed her, but then revealed it was allegedly Stone when he auditioned her for the role of Pamela Courson, girlfriend of Doors frontman Jim Morrison, in the film “The Doors.”
I had auditioned and then he said I have written this special scene for you, I’d like you to do it with the actor, I want to see the chemistry with the two of you. And the whole scene was just my character on her hands and knees saying, “Do me, baby.”
In addition, Gilbert alleged, Stone wanted her to act out the scene, rather than simply read the lines, which is the standard method for auditions. Gilbert said she would not do what Stone wanted, instead exiting in tears. Meg Ryan eventually played the part.
Gilbert confessed, “It was humiliating and horrid and he got me . . . it hurt.” She claimed Stone was seeking revenge for an incident when they both were at a club. She recalled:
He was ragging on television . . . he was telling everyone how television was c**p and he’d never do it. And then all these girls came running up to me because they had seen me on Little House on the Prairie. And they left and he was dumbfounded, and I said, “You see, a**hole? That’s television!” And I guess he never forgot it.
When she commenced her story, Gilbert would not identify the director, but mid-way through the story she interpolated, “Oh f*** it, it was Oliver Stone, and it was ‘The Doors.’”
Actress Patricia Arquette has stated that Stone tried to audition her for a movie that was “very sexual.” She said he invited her to a screening of his film “Natural Born Killers,” but she brought her boyfriend. She stated:
Oliver stopped me coming out of the bathroom. He said “Why did you bring him?” I said “Why is it a problem I brought him? It shouldn’t be a problem.”
In October, Stone waxed eloquent about the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, pontificating:
I’m a believer that you wait until this thing gets to trial,. 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.
After there was immediate blowback, Stone changed his perspective later the same day, allowing, “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.”