Actress Caitlin O’Heaney, best known for her performance in the ’80s TV series "Tales of the Gold Monkey," has accused actor Val Kilmer of physically assaulting her during an audition.
According to Buzzfeed, the incident occurred during a tryout for the film "The Doors," as director Oliver Stone watched. Now, in the wake of the growing Harvey Weinstein scandal, O'Heaney is breaking a non-disclosure agreement to come forward with her story. She's hoping to use her experience as a way to shine light on how the industry silences women through legal agreements.
“Women have come together, saying, ‘We’re not going to be f*cked by you,’” O’Heaney said. “I finally have the confidence to speak about this. It’s too long that I’ve sat on this story.”
O'Heaney provided a police report from the incident as proof of its occurrence, along with her signed confidentiality agreement (co-signed by Stone and Kilmer), and the $24,500 check she received from the film company.
The scene in question included a verbal argument between her and Kilmer's characters, but O'Heaney was appalled when she was physically attacked.
“When I got to the room and Val Kilmer picked me up and shaked me, throwing me down to the floor,” O’Heaney said, “Stone just stood there the whole time laughing.”
“That got kind of wild," Stone allegedly said as O'Heaney left the audition.
“I went down to my car and I cried for about 20 minutes,” she said.
“Vict and susp (actor) were reading a script for a movie role, susp became angry and stuck vict on her face with his closed fist. Susp grabbed vict and pushed her to the floor. Susp jumped on vict + held her down," reads the police report from the incident.
Risa Bramon Garcia, the casting director for the film (who was present at the time), said that O'Heaney's re-telling of the events have been "blown out of proportion."
"I am not somebody who takes this stuff lightly. I can tell the difference between something that’s abusive and a moment that got carried away [...] It was a very extreme reaction to a situation that to me was not extreme at all," Bramon Garcia said.
Norman Oberstein, the lawyer representing Kilmer and Stone at the time, told Buzzfeed, "I have no hesitation in stating this is not one of them … for sure” in reference to the many stories about sexual abuse and settlement cover-ups in the workplace.
“Kilmer et al. deny that they or any of them have acted unlawfully or that they have any liability to O’Heaney whatsoever on account of the allegations in the complaint, and that the allegations are without merit,” the aforementioned agreement reads. It also prevents discussion of the events in public.
“I was so traumatized that, against my better judgment, I signed that document, which says I can never speak about this. If this was something that happened nowadays, I wouldn’t sign it,” said O'Heaney, who claims her career suffered following the altercation.
“My agent would call me and say, ‘Absolutely nobody will see you. We can’t even get you a reading or an audition. You’re dead,'” she said.
Stone's complicity in the attack on O'Heaney is particularly notable considering his controversial statements on Harvey Weinstein.
“It’s not easy what he’s going through either,” Stone said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “I believe a man shouldn’t be condemned by a vigilante system." (He later stepped away from this position in a post on Facebook.)
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