Richard Dreyfuss is the most recent superstar who has been accused of sexual harassment.
On Friday, Vulture revealed an exposé by which Los Angeles-based author Jessica Teich claimed the 70-year-old actor had sexually harassed her whereas she labored as a researcher and junior author for one in all his tv reveals within the ’80s.
She additionally claimed the Jaws actor as soon as uncovered himself to her.
Teich advised Vulture that in 1987, whereas they had been engaged on an ABC comedy particular referred to as Humorous, You Don’t Look 200: a Constitutional Vaudeville, Dreyfuss requested her to fulfill him in his trailer, the place she claims he uncovered himself to her.
“I keep in mind strolling up the steps into the trailer and turning in direction of me left,” she stated. “And he was behind the trailer, and simply — his penis was out, and he form of tried to attract me near hello.”
“He was arduous. I keep in mind my face being introduced near his penis,” she continued. “I can’t keep in mind how my face bought near his penis, however I do do not forget that the thought was that I used to be going to provide him a blow job. I didn’t, and I left.”
“It was like an out-of-body expertise. I simply tried to swiftly get out of the room. I pretended it hadn’t actually occurred, she continued. “I stored transferring as a result of it was a part of my job, and I knew he was, on the time an important man, and definitely necessary to me. I trusted him.”
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Teich stated that wasn’t the one incident of sexual misconduct she skilled whereas working with Dreyfuss.
“He created a really hostile work surroundings, the place I felt sexualized, objectified, and unsafe,” she stated, alleging that over time they labored collectively Dreyfuss tried to kiss her and advised her issues like, “‘I wish to f—okay you.’”
“That was stated on a regular basis. He would continually steer conversations to this yucky, insinuating factor, and I might form of attempt to pull us again to a spot the place she might really get some work performed.”
In a response to Teich’s allegations, Dreyfuss wrote a prolonged response to Vulture, despatched by means of the actor’s illustration. In his assertion he stated that though “on the peak of my fame within the late 1970s I turned an a—,” he was “not an assaulter.”
“I emphatically deny ever ‘exposing’ myself to Jessica Teich, whom I’ve thought of a pal for 30 years. I did flirt along with her, and I keep in mind making an attempt to kiss Jessica as a part of what I assumed was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for a few years. I’m horrified and bewildered to find that it wasn’t consensual. I didn’t get it. It makes me reassess each relationship I’ve ever thought was playful and mutual,” he continued.
The actor additionally used a few of his assertion to handle the present wave of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood.
“There’s a sea-change occurring proper now, which we are able to look upon as an issue or a chance. All of us of us are awakening to the fact that how males have behaved towards girls for eons shouldn’t be OK. The principles are altering invisibly beneath our toes. I’m enjoying catch up. Possibly all of us are,” he stated.
“I hope folks can be a part of me in actually our habits and making an attempt to make it proper. We’ve to relearn each rule we thought we knew about how women and men work together, as a result of in spite of everything getting collectively is probably the most basic human compulsion. And if we don’t achieve that, what do we’ve? I hope that is the start of a bigger dialog we are able to have as a tradition.”
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These allegations towards the Oscar winner come only a week after Harry Dreyfuss, Richard’s son, claimed he was as soon as groped by Kevin Spacey whereas his father was within the room.
In a private essay for BuzzFeed Information, Harry stated he was 18 when he accompanied his father to Spacey’s London condominium in 2008 to rehearse strains for the play Complicit, which Spacey was directing.
Harry claimed that he tried to maneuver away twice, however Spacey adopted him and allegedly put his hand again on the teenager’s thigh.
“As soon as once more Kevin adopted me, sat down, and with appreciable effort, slid his hand between my proper hand and my proper leg,” Harry claimed. “Over the course of about 20 seconds, centimeter by centimeter, Kevin crawled his hand from my thigh over towards my crotch. My thoughts went clean. All of the sudden, he had accomplished his journey and now he had all of me in his hand.”
Harry stated Dreyfuss didn’t see the incident happen, and he didn’t inform his father about it for a few years.
After Harry shared the article, Dreyfuss got here out in assist of his son. “I like my son @harrydreyfuss greater than I might clarify with all of the phrases on the planet. And I’m so extremely happy with him proper now,” the 70-year-old actor wrote on Twitter.