Molly Shannon has publicly stated that the late Gary Coleman sexually harassed her during a meeting many years ago.
On Tuesday, April 12, the actress reflected on an encounter with Gary Coleman during a Howard Stern Show interview.
She recalled when the Coleman’s agent signed her, she had the opportunity to meet the famous child star, who died in May 2010.
“I think he was like, ‘Sit down [on the bed].’ It was very sweet,” she alleged. “And then he’s, like, tickling me a little. This and that.”
While she claimed she was “trying to be polite” Coleman didn’t recognize she was uncomfortable.
“He was relentless,” she continued. “Then, he was, like, trying to kiss me and get on top, and I was like, ‘No, Gary. Stop.’ So, I push him off. Then, I would get off the bed. Then, he would bounce on the bed. Jump, jump, jump. And wrap himself around me. Then, I would fling him off. And then he got on top of me. I guess because of his size, I didn’t feel physically threatened. But it was going on and on. Repeating. I would throw him off. He would get back on.”
The Superstar actress said eventually, she locked herself in the bathroom, and he stuck “his hands under the door” and said, “I can see you.”
Shannon then left the room and told the agent to keep an eye on Coleman. She finished by saying, “I wish I could have stood up for myself more.”
Shannon also detailed the incident in her new memoir, Hello, Molly!, available for sale on Tuesday.