In recent years, more and more stories of sexual misconduct in Hollywood continue to emerge. Most recently, The First Wives Club actress Heather Locklear recounted an encounter with her co-star that led her to refusing a credit on the film.
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In a recent episode of Zach Braff and Donald Faison’s Fake Doctors, Real Friends podcast, Locklear revealed that she was groped by The First Wives Club star James Naughton, who allegedly “outline[d] her areola” during a scene.
“There was a couple of scenes that they cut out of me, and then the only scene that I had no lines,” she said. “One of the actors, we were at a funeral, and he was supposed to take his hand and touch my breast, and they show that.”
Locklear said Naughton “actually touched more” than was scripted. “It was agh – gross… So I said, ‘Can you just take my name off the credits since now I don’t have any lines? So it was creditless.”
When Braff asked Locklear, “So, wait, you’re in The First Wives Club but the only thing that happens is a man grabs your breast?” she said, “He doesn’t grab it.”
“He actually outlines my areola with his finger. It didn’t say that in the script. I was like (gasps),” she said. “I’m so glad they’re following his hand down because my face, my mouth is fallen open and I can’t believe it and don’t do it again. One take and let’s go.”
“There was more to the part (than being groped). I had filmed the bigger, bigger scenes,” Locklear explained. “They just thought, I don’t know, maybe I was bad in it.”
A spokesperson for James Naughton told Yahoo Entertainment, “James remembers shooting this scene as written in the script.”
“He completely understands that Heather would have felt uncomfortable shooting this scene, as he felt uncomfortable as well,” they added. The spokesperson also shared a page from the film’s script, which reportedly read, “Despite the grave facade, we see that Gil is subtly using his finger to feel Mary’s breast. Mary smiles at him shyly.”
Whether it was in the script, or not, the encounter clearly made Heather Locklear feel incredibly uncomfortable and with an added lack of lines, led her to refuse a credit on the film. We can only hope this kind of incident doesn’t happen going forward for any actor on-set.
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