In the wake of 29 women accusing movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing or assaulting them over the past several decades, more women have come forward with their own stories regarding the sexual misconduct of other powerful men in Hollywood. On Thursday night, hours after the head of Amazon Studios, Roy Price, was put on leave following a female producer’s accusation of sexual harassment, actress and former Playboy model Carrie Stevens alleged that Oliver Stone groped her in the early 1990s. On Friday, Patricia Arquette shared her own unnerving encounter with the filmmaker.
Stevens initially responded to a tweet from The Hollywood Reporter detailing how Stone defended Weinstein when asked about the allegations against Weinstein at the Busan International Film Festival. “I believe a man shouldn't be condemned by a vigilante system,” Stone said on Thursday. “It's not easy what he's going through, either.” In her response, Stevens tweeted: “Two of a kind! When I heard about Harvey, the first person I thought of was Oliver Stone.”
Two of a kind! When I heard about Harvey, the first person I thought of was Oliver Stone, and it figures..here... https://t.co/EHRfrgbVsL— Carrie Stevens (@CarrieStevensXO) October 13, 2017
Elaborating in a post on her Facebook page—and later sharing more details in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter—Stevens said Stone groped her on his way out of a party at producer Ted Field’s house in the early ’90s, not long after the death of her then-boyfriend, Kiss drummer Eric Carr. “Oliver spied me standing nearby and just reached out and instead of doing what a normal person does and shaking my hand, he just groped my boob and honked it like a horn and grinned and kept walking,” she told the Reporter.
While Stone has yet to respond to Stevens’s claims, he did backtrack on his initial comments about Weinstein and said he would cancel the upcoming series on Guantanamo Bay he was set to make with the Weinstein Company. “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,” he said in a statement on Friday. “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.”
Stevens isn’t the only one who has come forward with a story about Stone, however. In a series of tweets on Friday, actress Patricia Arquette described an uncomfortable encounter with the director that began with a potential involvement in one of his films and ended with Stone confronting her outside of a bathroom at a movie premiere. “What I am demonstrating is the craggy and uncertain terrain women negotiate in Entertainment and all businesses,” Arquette tweeted.
THREAD 1/ Years ago Oliver Stone wanted me to do a movie.We talked about the Material which was very sexual.The meeting was professional.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
2/ then I received from him long stem jungle roses. It's not uncommon to receive flowers but something about them felt weird. I ignored it— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
3/Something felt weird so I asked my boyfriend to go with me. The room was packed. Oliver stopped me coming out of the bathroom— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
4/ He said "Why did you bring him?" I said "Why is it a problem I brought him? It shouldn't be a problem. Think about THAT Oliver."— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
5/ anyway never heard about the movie again & didn't care to.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
What I am demonstrating is the craggy and uncertain terrain women negotiate in Entertainment and all businesses.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
What I am saying is women are always f-cked. 1)Why didn't you say something? 2) nothing happened! 3)it's not professional if U bring BF!— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
Arquette’s sister, Rosanna, is one of the many women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, giving interviews to both The New York Times and The New Yorker.