Susan Sarandon Opens Up About Casting Couch Sexual Assault

In a new issue of Elle, Susan Sarandon opens up about a sexual assault she suffered on the casting couch early in her career. "It was not successful — for either of us," she explained.

The magazine asked Sarandon if she ever had someone try to take advantage of her early in her career and the 66-year-old actress indeed had an incident. 

“I just went into a room, and a guy practically threw me on the desk. It was my early days in New York, and it was really disgusting," Sarandon said. "It wasn’t like I gave it a second thought, it was so badly done.”

The Dead Man Walking star isn’t the only actress who has came forward about sexual exploitation in the entertainment biz. Goldie Hawn opened up to Oprah earlier this year about being propositioned by TV writer Al Capp, who told her she was never going to get anywhere in the business if she didn’t sleep around. And Tippi Hedren has gone public with the sexual harrassment she suffered by Alfred Hitchcock, who cast her in The Birds. Hedren’s story is being told next week in an HBO film called The Girl, which is airing Saturday October 20. 

As time goes on, I suspect there will be more aging actresses with nothing left to lose who will come forward about sexual abuse. And I hope they do, so we have the stories that this actually happened.

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