As allegations of sexual harassment and assault by powerful entertainment industry figures continue to balloon, Jane Seymour has recounted her own experience as a young actress in Hollywood, an incident that stopped her from working for an entire year.
In an interview with Sky News’ Sunrise morning show and reported by The Daily Mail, the British actress known for her roles in Live and Let Die, Somewhere in Time and TV’s Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman recalled an incident with an unnamed producer early in her career, when she had gone to Hollywood for a screen test.
Seymour told the program she’d been invited to the home of a “major producer” who was interested in having her star in his film. When she arrived, in what has become an all-too familiar story, she said she expected to see other people there, but there was no one.
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After telling her she was perfect for his movie, Seymour recalled he said, ” ‘I’ve done my bit and now it’s your turn to do your bit’ .. ‘No, no, you know what you have to do.’ And I’m going, ‘No I don’t.’ And he put his hand on my thigh, way up high.”
The actress says “being British, I crossed my legs and scooted down the couch until I had no couch left. I had no option but to stand up and say, “Please get me home.”
Seymour says the producer was the most powerful man in Hollywood at the time, and he threatened her, saying, “If you ever tell anyone that his happened or that you were even here in my house.” When she told him people knew she was there, he replied. “You have to lie. The old, ‘You’ll never work in this town again.’ He had that power.” She said the incident stopped her from working as an actress for a year.
Seymour’s story is the latest in a flood of allegations of sexual assault and misconduct following last month’s New York Times exposé detailing accusations by numerous women against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
Seymour will next be seen in Robert De Niro’s Dimension comedy The War With Grandpa, set for a February release.
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