US News 'An overcrowded brothel': Hollywood casting couch

12:15  12 october  2017
12:15  12 october  2017 Source:   Sky News

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casting - couch -horror-stories-photos-slideshow-WIDE. Following shocking claims by Hollywood hopeful Michael Egan III that X-Men director Bryan Singer allegedly abused him — a claim the Hollywood honcho The actress once described Tinsel Town as being “ an overcrowded brothel .”

While Marilyn Monroe described her lifelong experience with Bollywood as the overcrowded brothel . Don’t be surprised , if you have seen your favourite one’s in the list of Top 10 casting couch victims in Hollywood .

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For years, film stars have shared their stories of sexual harassment on set, and how producers and directors abuse their power.

The most recent tales of casting couch abuse have been directed at film mogul Harvey Weinstein, with several actresses accusing him of taking off his clothes and asking for a massage, among other things.

Weinstein was sacked from his own company, and in the mildest scenario, he will have his name stripped off all his films and never work in the industry again.

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He has "unequivocally denied" every allegation.

Woman left 'traumatised' after being forced to spend four days on trolley in Irish hospital

  Woman left 'traumatised' after being forced to spend four days on trolley in Irish hospital The 52-year-old suffers with a condition called diverticulosis which causes painful inflammation of the bowels. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc She was advised by her GP to go to hospital after she developed an infection and required an IV drip. Last Thursday, the mum was admitted to Tallaght where her nightmare began.She explained: “I spent hours sitting in an armchair before they managed to find a trolley for me. The whole ordeal was horrific. I couldn’t sleep, I didn’t have a locker to put any belongings in and felt completely stripped of my dignity.

And you saw Hollywood with their eyes – an overcrowded brothel , a merry-go-round with beds for horses.” “America’s little darling,” aka Shirley Temple, was no stranger to the “adventuresome casting couch .”

She had many casting couch experiences and she accepted the offers as well. She gave sexual favors to many actors, directors and producers. She on the one side accepted that she slept with people to get a break in her career and on the other side she calls Hollywood , " an overcrowded brothel ".

But Weinstein isn't the first Hollywood boss to be accused of sexual harassment.

Before the accusations about him emerged, many actresses had already shared their own experiences of Hollywood's infamous 'casting couch', a term meaning the trading of sexual favours for career advancement.

Hollywood film star Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson or Norma Jean Baker © Getty Hollywood film star Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Mortenson or Norma Jean Baker Marilyn Monroe, considered by many to be the first big Hollywood sex symbol, once described Hollywood as an "overcrowded brothel".

In Anthony Summers' biography Goddess: The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe, the author recalls the star describing her career by saying she "spent a great deal of time on my knees".

When British writer W J Weatherby asked her whether the stories about the casting couch were true, Monroe responded: "They can be".

Woman left 'traumatised' after being forced to spend four days on trolley in Irish hospital

  Woman left 'traumatised' after being forced to spend four days on trolley in Irish hospital The 52-year-old suffers with a condition called diverticulosis which causes painful inflammation of the bowels. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc She was advised by her GP to go to hospital after she developed an infection and required an IV drip. Last Thursday, the mum was admitted to Tallaght where her nightmare began.She explained: “I spent hours sitting in an armchair before they managed to find a trolley for me. The whole ordeal was horrific. I couldn’t sleep, I didn’t have a locker to put any belongings in and felt completely stripped of my dignity.

However, Hollywood has always denied this but some celebrities disagree. Here are 5 Actors who talk about their casting couch horror stories. – Ouch! Although Marilyn Monroe admitted to sleeping with people to advance her career, she would later call Hollywood ‘ an overcrowded brothel .’

While Marilyn Monroe described her lifelong experience with Bollywood as the overcrowded brothel . Don’t be surprised , if you have seen your favourite one’s in the list of Top 10 casting couch victims in Hollywood .

"You can't sleep your way into being a star, though. It takes much, much more. But it helps," she added.

"A lot of actresses get their first chance that way. Most of the men are such horrors, they deserve all they can get out of them!"

1958: American actor Shirley Temple wears a fairy godmother costume, which includes a magic wand and a tiara, in a promotional portrait for her television series of dramatized fairy tales, 'Shirley Temple's Storybook'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) © Getty 1958: American actor Shirley Temple wears a fairy godmother costume, which includes a magic wand and a tiara, in a promotional portrait for her television series of dramatized fairy tales, 'Shirley Temple's Storybook'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Before Monroe, child star Shirley Temple accused an MGM producer of unzipping his trousers and exposing himself to her during their first meeting in 1940 - she was 12 years old.

According to Temple, the studio head was famous for having an "adventuresome casting couch".

2th September 1956: Joan Collins arrives at the European premiere of 'The King & I', wearing an evening gown and white fur stole. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) © Getty 2th September 1956: Joan Collins arrives at the European premiere of 'The King & I', wearing an evening gown and white fur stole. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Dame Joan Collins claimed she lost the leading role in the 1963 film Cleopatra after refusing to sleep with the studio boss.

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Many Hollywood executives deny that the ‘ casting couch ’ exists in the entertainment industry, but these celebrities disagree. Although Marilyn Monroe admitted to sleeping with people to advance her career, she would later call Hollywood ‘ an overcrowded brothel .’

10 Hollywood Celebrities Who Faced Casting Couch , #7 Is Shocking. She on the one side accepted that she slept with people to get a break in her career and on the other side she calls Hollywood , " an overcrowded brothel ".

"I had tested for Cleopatra twice and was the front runner," she said.

"He took me into his office and said: You really want this part? And I said: Yes. I really do. Well, he said, then all you have to do is be nice to me."

"It was a wonderful euphemism in the sixties for you know what," Dame Joan added.

"But I couldn't do that. In fact, I was rather wimpish, burst into tears and rushed out of his office."

circa 1955: Singer and film star, Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) at an airport. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) © Getty circa 1955: Singer and film star, Judy Garland (1922 - 1969) at an airport. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images) A biography on the life of actress Judy Garland, written by author Gerald Clarke, claims the famous vaudevillian suffered numerous sex propositions from studio bosses at MGM.

One of the most notorious harassers was allegedly Louis B Mayer.

"Mayer would tell her what a wonderful singer she was, and he would say: you sing from the heart - and then he would place his hand on her left breast," Clarke wrote.

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Hurley: Weinstein never asked me to massage him

  Hurley: Weinstein never asked me to massage him Elizabeth Hurley has told Sky News that she has never heard of or witnessed any inappropriate behaviour by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The 52-year-old actress said she has "known Harvey for 22 years", and "can honestly say he certainly never asked me to massage him"."I've heard about it," she said of Hollywood's infamous "casting couch" problem."But not about Harvey as it happens, no," she added. © Getty Harvey Weinstein and Elizabeth Hurley "Of course we've always heard that there are predatorial people in every business. Hollywood, of course - everywhere.

Maybe one of the first actresses to speak about Hollywood 's casting couch problem, Marilyn Monroe reportedly once described Hollywood as " an overcrowded brothel ." Rumor has it, Monroe wasn't against trading sexual favors to climb up the Hollywood ladder.

Maybe one of the first actresses to speak about Hollywood 's casting couch problem, Marilyn Monroe reportedly once described Hollywood as " an overcrowded brothel ." Rumor has it, Monroe wasn't against trading sexual favors to climb up the Hollywood ladder.

"It's really so heartbreaking. Some of these people! Like Hollywood legends. You think you're going to meet them and you're so excited, like: I can't believe this person wants to have a conversation with me," she added.

"And you get there and you realise that's not what they want, at all."

English actress Helen Mirren at a promotional reception for 'Age of Consent', a film she stars in with James Mason, 1969. (Photo by Len Trievnor/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) © Getty English actress Helen Mirren at a promotional reception for 'Age of Consent', a film she stars in with James Mason, 1969. (Photo by Len Trievnor/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Dame Helen Mirren, whose career began in the early sixties, claimed in a TV interview director Michael Winner made her turn around and flaunt her body for him during a casting interview.

"I thought it was insulting and sexist, and I don't think any actress should be treated like that - like a piece of meat," she said.

Winner disputed the actress' version of events, and said he "did not ask her to turn around".

Earlier this year, a pressure group called Equity issued a manifesto demanding radical change to casting practice, which specifically writes that "no sex act should be requested at any audition".

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She had many casting couch experiences and she accepted the offers as well. She gave sexual favors to many actors, directors and producers. She on the one side accepted that she slept with people to get a break in her career and on the other side she calls Hollywood , “ an overcrowded brothel ”.

In July, she told The Guardian that actors still have no HR department to go to when these situations occur, and shared how actresses are repeatedly being told to give directors "b*** j** eyes" during auditions.

"You leave the situation feeling not good about what just happened, but you don't really have the language for why," she said.

"You feel like, if you said something, it would reflect badly on you."

Charlize Theron stars in 'The Cider House Rules.' directed by Lasse Hallstrom Photo credit: Stephan Vaughan Miramax Films © Getty Charlize Theron stars in 'The Cider House Rules.' directed by Lasse Hallstrom Photo credit: Stephan Vaughan Miramax Films In 2009, actress Charlize Theron told OK! magazine she had a casting couch experience at the age of 19, when a producer invited her to his house.

"I thought it was a little odd that the audition was on a Saturday night at his house in Los Angeles, but I thought maybe that was normal," she said.

"He was in his Hugh Hefner pyjamas. I go inside and he's offering me a drink, and I'm thinking: My god this acting stuff is very relaxed.

"But it soon becomes very clear what the situation was. I was like, 'Not going to happen! Got the wrong girl, buddy!'"

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"I left. I was pretty shocked," she said.

"I could see how someone who didn't know better might worry: My career will be ruined if I don't give this guy a b******!".

But such claims in Hollywood are not only made by women.

LA CANADA, CA - AUGUST 28: Actor Corey Feldman volunteers at 'Camp Nickelodeon' carnival night held for children with cancer on August 28, 2002 in La Canada, California. The camp is sponsored by the Amie Karen Cancer Fund. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images) © Getty LA CANADA, CA - AUGUST 28: Actor Corey Feldman volunteers at 'Camp Nickelodeon' carnival night held for children with cancer on August 28, 2002 in La Canada, California. The camp is sponsored by the Amie Karen Cancer Fund. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images) Corey Feldman, the former teen idol who starred in classics such as Stand By Me and The Goonies, made claims about paedophilia in Hollywood.

In an interview with Nightline, Feldman claimed "the number one problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be paedophilia".

"That's the biggest problem for children in this industry," he added.

"It's the big secret."

Other stars who have shared their casting couch experiences include the likes of Susan Sarandon, Thandie Newton, Lisa Rinna, Lena Headey and Goldie Hawn.

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