Sharon Stone reveals she was molested by her grandfather as a child in new memoir

Clarence Lawson died when the actor was 14

Rachel Brodsky
Los Angeles
Tuesday 30 March 2021 01:27
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Sharon Stone has revealed that she and her sister Kelly were sexually abused as children by their grandfather.

In her new memoir, The Beauty of Living Twice, the actor opens up about the experience, describing how she and her sister were locked in a room with their maternal grandfather, Clarence Lawson.

Lawson died when Stone was 14.

“I poked him, and the bizarre satisfaction that he was at last dead hit me like a ton of ice," Stone wrote. “I looked at [Kelly] and she understood; she was 11, and it was over.”

The 63-year-old also recently opened up about how she had been told to have sex with a co-star and misled about an explicit shot in the 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct.

“After we shot Basic Instinct, I got called in to see it,” she writes. “Not on my own with the director, as one would anticipate, given the situation that has given us all pause, so to speak, but with a room full of agents and lawyers, most of whom had nothing to do with the project.

“That was how I saw my vagina-shot for the first time, long after I’d been told, ‘We can’t see anything – I just need you to remove your panties, as the white is reflecting the light, so we know you have panties on.”

The actor uses her stories to stand up for all actors who have felt harassed and violated on set, writing, “I know that all of these women and men who have been harassed, been raped, had their jobs held for ransom, and been sexually tormented deserve their day in court. I know that to be true. I know that all of the unprocessed rape kits on police shelves everywhere must be processed so that crimes can be solved. This inaction is a true and real crime in itself.”

The Beauty of Living Twice is available on 30 March.

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