Sharon Stone alleges former Sony exec sexually harassed her: 'I became hysterical'

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November 9, 2023 at 19:09
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Sharon Stone is accusing a former Sony executive of sexual harassment.

The actress appeared on Kelly Ripa's "Let’s Talk Off Camera" podcast and opened up about one experience dealing with sexual harassment in the film and TV industry.

Stone, 65, told Ripa that during a meeting with a former Sony head executive in the 1980s, he exposed his penis to her. Stone did not name the former executive.

USA TODAY has reached out to Sony Pictures for comment.

Stone said she was "so excited" to meet the Sony head, wearing a "Ralph Lauren jacket with the little ruffle on the shoulder" a "denim skirt with a big ruffle" and cowboy boots.

Sharon Stone has accused a former Sony executive of sexual harassment.
Sharon Stone has accused a former Sony executive
of sexual harassment.
Evan Agostini, Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

"I went to his office and it was back in the eighties, so the couch was basically on the floor," Stone told Ripa. "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.

"'Oh, it's true what they say about you and you’re the most gorgeous,'" Stone said the Sony boss told her. "'We haven't seen anyone like you in decades. Everybody's talking about you and look at you. You’re the most articulate. You’re so smart and beautiful and that hair.'

"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," Stone said. "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," she continued. "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 (meant) 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?" Stone told Ripa. "This was not the last of many weird experiences like this in my career."

The "Basic Instinct" star went on to say she would accept apologies from men in Hollywood who mistreated her. But she warned others not to get too close.

"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," she said. "Don't sit next to me if you're a Me Too that Me Too'd me. Don't sit in that empty chair next to me unless you're gonna say sorry."

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