- The Washington Times - Friday, October 13, 2017

Oliver Stone’s condemnation of Harvey Weinstein has been met with the charge of hypocrisy from an actress and model who says the veteran Hollywood director groped her breast at a party in the early 1990s.

Answering an inquiry by The Hollywood Reporter, actress Carrie Stevens explained in greater detail a Thursday tweet in which she first made the allegation.

“It was at Ted Field’s home years ago, around the time Oliver did JFK,” Ms. Stevens told THR via email. “The party was in his honor. Oliver was on his way out; Ted was seeing him to the door. 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.”

Ms. Stevens added that she felt “humiliated but didn’t want to complain.”

“I didn’t want Ted to think I was ungrateful for the invitation, and I was new on the scene and just navigating my way around Hollywood,” she explained. “I came from the rock ‘n’ roll scene. Eric Carr from Kiss was my boyfriend and he had just passed away. I met Ted because he produced Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Kiss did the soundtrack, so I met him at the premiere. Ted is a nice guy and he knew I was having a hard time over Eric’s passing so he invited me to his party — last thing I wanted to do was be a trouble maker.”

Later in her email, Ms. Stevens said she feels “lucky” that she “never met Harvey,” but said that the incident with Mr. Stone caused her to “believe my body parts were the only thing I had going for me — and so I did Playboy,” appearing in the June 1997 edition of the magazine, according to her eponymous website.

While the late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was often the target of criticism for enabling a culture of sexual objectification, if not exploitation of women, Ms. Stevens told THR she never felt disrespected by the legendary pornographer.

“But I’ll tell you what: I always felt protected and respected by Hef and Playboy Enterprises,” she said. “I do know Oliver hung out at some parties at the Mansion. Thankfully, I never saw him there. But I can tell you if he ever tried to grab anyone’s boob there, Hef would have had security show him the door.”

For his part, Mr. Stone is now backpedaling from his initial statement, Variety magazine reported Friday.

“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,” Mr. Stone said in a statement, according to Variety. “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.”

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