Director Oliver Stone has been accused of sexual abuse by Carrie Stevens, a former Playboy model who says he groped her at “states parties ” about 26 years ago.
She wrote on Facebook:
I was simply 22 years old. Oliver sauntered past me& grabbed my boob as he waltzed out the front door of a party. I still remember the cocky grin on his appearance like he got away with something…These douche containers are not above the existing legislation, and they should be held to the same standard as every other man. It’s common decency NOT to grab boobs, pussies( like our President does )… or any other body part of another uninvited. They should go back to preschool, because they must’ve missed the lesson … “keep your hands to yourself.”
Stevens described Stone and Weinstein as “two of a kind, ” and told The New York Daily News that she probably wasn’t his only victim. “If they do it to one, they’ll do it to as many as they can get away with, ” she said.( A rep for Stone did not return a request for statement from the NY Daily News about the allegations .)
It’s no coincidence her remarks came soon after Stone protected Weinstein during a public look at the Busan International Film Festival- she posted a link to his words with her story.
Stone had previously expressed sympathy for Weinstein, who’s just going through such a rough time right now, you guys right now.
I’m a adherent that you wait until this thing gets to test. I belief a boy shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante structure. It’s not easy what he’s going through, either. During that interval he was a competitive. I never did business with him and didn’t truly know him. I’ve heard horror stories on everyone in the business, so I’m not going to comment on gab. I’ll wait and see, which is the right thing to do.
Apparently, even Stone realized pretty quickly that this was not going over well. Afterwards in the same day, the filmmaker strolled back his comments on Facebook and added that he would no longer send the TV serial Guantanamo for The Weinstein Company.
I’ve been travelling for the last couple of periods and wasn’t aware of all the women who came out to support the original tale in the New York Times.
After looking at what has been reported in many books over the last couple of periods, I’m appalled and commend the fearlessnes of the women who’ve stepped forward to report sexual abuse or rape.
The question that’s come up over and over again about Weinstein is how he could have been allowed to carry on that direction for so long, with so many girls. The answer is complicated, but one major ingredient is men like Stone.
Weinstein assaulted and harassed all those women in the same culture that let Stone think he’d get by with fondling a woman at a party, and Ben Affleck think it was okay to grab columnists on camera, and Amazon Studios’ Roy Price think it’d be cool to repeatedly proposition a producer working with him, and so on.
In that context, is it any amaze that so many in Hollywood were willing to turn a blind eye to Weinstein’s misdeeds- or were unable to see that there was anything abnormal about Weinstein’s behavior to begin with?
Stone’s reaction to the scandal is disclosing, too. His commiserations lie not with the literally dozens of women who were harassed, assaulted, and raped by Weinstein, but with Weinstein himself because he’s eventually facing the consequences for what he did.
His original remarks are all “wait and see, ” “gotta hear both sides” bullshit. In his follow-up proclamation, he claims that being stimulated “aware of all the women who came out to support the original story” led to a change of heart about Weinstein.
But that merely raises the question of how many girls need to threw their own reputations and careers on the line to be proposed and speak publicly before males like Stone are convinced there’s a problem.
It’s not enough to believe women when they step out en masse to divulge they were all raped by a single mortal. If Hollywood is serious about change, that needs to start with belief- and caring about- a single woman who says she was groped at “states parties “.
Update : strong> Later Friday, Patricia Arquette talked about her own experience with Oliver Stone in a series of tweets.