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Vanity Fair has exclusively published an article and a short documentary in which Female co-stars of Jerry Lewis movies accuse the comedian of sexual assault and harassment. The interviews have been conducted by Kirby-Dick and Amy Zieringresponsible for the HBO documentary ‘Allen v Farrow‘ about the accusations of mia farrow of pederasty and sexual abuse against Woody Allen.
JJerry Lewis was a comedian, actor, singer, producer, director, and screenwriter. wildly famous in the American star system during the 1950s and 1960s. He began his career by forming a comedy duet with Dean Martin between 1946 and 1956 and later became a solo star, starring in films such as ‘The Nutty Professor’ (1963), ‘The King of Comedy’ (1982) and ‘The Terror of the Girls’ (1961).
The article collects the testimony of Karen Sharpesigned for the role of the comedian’s love interest in the film ‘Clinical case in the clinic’ 1964. Sharpe relates that she was being prepared for fittings in Lewis’s office when Lewis ordered everyone but her out of the room. At this point, according to Sharpe, Lewis began to approach her. “grabbed me She started caressing me. She unbuttoned her pants. Frankly, I was shocked.”
“I put my hand up and said, ‘Wait a minute. I don’t know if this is a requirement for leading actresses, but it’s something I don’t do.‘” Sharpe added. “I could see that he was furious. I feel like it’s never happened to him before.”.
Sharpe tried to get out of the production, but he had already signed the contract, as Lewis reminded him. The comedian was in charge, yes, of making the filming a tense and uncomfortable place for the actress. The actor gave orders so that no one except the director should speak to her. Lewis did not rehearse with her, nor did he interact with her in any way unless they were in front of the cameras.
Another interviewed by Dick and Ziering, Hope Holidayrelates his experience after joining the cast of ‘the terror of girls‘ in 1961. On the first day of filming, Lewis invited her into his dressing room and he threw the latch blocking the door.
Lewis told him, according to Holiday’s testimony, “You’re very attractive, but you wear pantaloons all the time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in a skirt. You have nice legs and nice boobs.” Holiday then relates how Lewis “He started talking to me about sex, saying dirty things to me. And, while she speaks, she opens her pants, ‘the ugly’ comes out and she begins to masturbate… I was afraid. I just sat there wanting to leave.”
Jerry Lewis has died at the age of 91. due to cardiovascular disease. He had seven children, six of them in his first marriage to Patti Palmer. Lewis disinherited them and left his entire inheritance to his second wife, SanDee Pitnick.
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