Molly Shannon was repeatedly and relentlessly sexually harassed by Gary Coleman after their agent left them in a lodge room collectively, the actress has claimed.
Chatting with Howard Stern on his Sirius present on Tuesday, the 57-year-old recounted the day she met the “Diff’hire Strokes” star for the primary time within the late ’80s — and it was not a pleasing encounter.
The “White Lotus” star instructed the host that she was tremendous excited to have landed the identical agent as Coleman, who was a megastar on the time; and when he invited her as much as his penthouse suite, she naively did not even suspect it was something sexual.
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“I used to be a virgin, so I wasn’t even interested by that,” she instructed Stern. “He held my hand, and I used to be like, ‘He is so cute!’ He had a go well with on.”
Shannon mentioned Coleman instructed her she reminded him of Kimberly — his adoptive sister on his sitcom. “And I used to be like ‘Sure!” My god, if I might solely be on Diff’hire Strokes…”
However after reaching the presidential suite, the trio turned a duo when the agent — Mark Randall — abruptly left… which Stern advised was a pre-planned “darkish transfer”. Shannon agreed.
“I believe he was like, ‘Sit down [on the bed].’ It was very candy,” Shannon mentioned. “After which he is, like, tickling me slightly. This and that.”
“I used to be like Gary cease!” she recalled, laughing. “I used to be attempting to be well mannered and stuff. I am a well mannered Catholic lady, and a virgin. I am naïve about something about that.”
However, as Stern quoted from Shannon’s new memoir “Hey Dolly”, Coleman then turned “actually aggressive, grabbed your ankles” and was “bouncing on the mattress and attempting to land on prime of you.”
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“He was relentless,” Shannon mentioned. “Then, he was like attempting to kiss me and get on prime and I used to be like, ‘No, Gary. Cease.’ So, I push him off. Then, I’d get up and doing. Then, he would bounce on the mattress. Bounce, leap, leap. And wrap himself round me. Then, I’d fling him off. After which he received on prime of me.”
“I assume due to his measurement I did not really feel bodily threatened. However … it was happening and on. Repeating. I’d throw him off, he would get again on, throw him off — his dialysis machine was within the room.”
“After which lastly, I throw him off. And I am actually getting out of breath as a result of it was athletic and cardio.”
Shannon mentioned she lastly managed to get free, and made a beeline for the lavatory.
“He grabs me onto my leg and I used to be like [trying to] kick him off,” she recalled. “After which, I am going lock myself within the toilet. After which he sticks his palms beneath the door. And he is like, ‘I can see you!'”
She instructed Stern she ultimately managed to dash out of the lavatory previous him — nonetheless being very well mannered — telling Randall as she fled, “you gotta watch that consumer of yours.”
“I want I might have stood up for myself extra,” she lamented, “however that is all I mentioned.”
Coleman died in 2010.
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