Michelle Pfeiffer recalls 'inappropriate incident' with 'high-powered' industry figure

‘There were a number of situations that were not good’

Olivia Petter
Sunday 20 October 2019 10:10 BST

Michelle Pfeiffer has claimed she once had an “inappropriate incident”with a “high-powered” man in the film industry.

The 61-year-old did not name the person involved, but said that looking back on the experience makes her “cringe”.

The #MeToo movement prompted her to re-evaluate her past, she added.

“First, I thought, ‘Well, I didn’t experience that,’ but then as time went on I started going, ‘Well, actually, there was that one time," she told The Sunday Times Magazine,

Explaining the “process” she went through, the Scarface star said she had denied the incident and blamed herself for it, having thoughts like “I shouldn’t have worn that dress” or “I should’ve known”.

She said: “There were a number of situations that were not good. Like one incident - I am not going to share - but I look back and I cringe. I was really uncomfortable and it was inappropriate. I put it in a drawer. I was 20, and it was with a high-powered person in the industry.”

The actor added that if the man in question was still alive, she would write to him.

Pfeiffer’s comments follow a spate of similar allegations from Hollywood stars, including Naomie Harris and Sarah Jessica Parker, who recently revealed that she had reported a “big movie star” for “inappropriate behaviour” on set when she was a young actor.

The Sex and the City star told Terry Gross, the host of the “Fresh Air” radio show, that she felt “better and safer” at work after reporting the actor.

“I didn’t have to listen to jokes about me or my figure or what people thought they could talk me into doing,” she said.

“All these men. That stopped. The nature of the person who I felt was really the instigator, this was a grown man, a very big movie star and you know he was baked, meaning his personality, it was cooked. He was a formed person and that wasn’t going to change.”

Join our commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in