When two Lengthy Island associates went to see Richard Dreyfuss within the 2004 Broadway manufacturing of “Sly Fox,” they weren’t anticipating such a detailed encounter with the Oscar winner.
However after the present, they have been invited to go to the “Jaws” actor backstage, the place he allegedly pawed on the ladies and “grabbed” one on her bottom, they advised the Day by day Information.
In a sequence of photographs shared completely with The Information, Dreyfuss is seen squeezing one of many ladies on her buttock, after which wrapping his arms round her waist so one hand is touching her breasts whereas the opposite is extending down towards her crotch.
“The very first thing he did was give me a hug, and he caught his hand nearly within the crack of my butt. He didn’t even give me any warning,’ the lady, who requested to be recognized solely by her first title, Beth, stated.
“Then he turned me round, and he grabbed me by the boob. And he grabbed proper above my non-public space, decrease than my midriff. Like he was tickling me. I used to be laughing, however not in a contented approach. I used to be so nervous,” Beth, 48, recalled.
“I used to be so uncomfortable. It was such a bizarre, awkward feeling.”
The second lady, Susan, stated Dreyfuss ambushed her with a kiss on her cheek — one other second caught on digital camera.
“He kissed me with out permission. I’m smiling within the photograph, nevertheless it was a nervous smile. I didn’t know how one can react. I used to be so shocked,” Susan, 52, stated.
“I simply bear in mind it was creepy, bizarre and awkward. We have been excited to go in there and meet him, and it wasn’t what we anticipated. It was a shock. I used to be shocked, I didn’t count on him to be that kind of individual. He was on each of us.”
Makes an attempt to succeed in Dreyfuss straight and thru his agent weren’t profitable Monday.
Beth and Susan each recalled seeing the play in Manhattan and being approached by somebody on the theater who provided to escort them backstage and introduce them to the present’s star.
“I’m not the kind to get star-struck,” Beth stated, recalling the second she walked into Dreyfuss’ dressing room for the surprising introduction.
“I bear in mind he was sweaty and speaking quick. I couldn’t perceive why he was being so sensitive with folks he’d by no means met earlier than. And he was saying actually bizarre, awkward stuff. He advised me I had good lips. Susan was actually grossed out,” she stated.
Beth stated Dreyfuss requested the ladies to remain and hang around with him, however they “made some excuse and left.”
“He acted prefer it was utterly regular,” she recalled. “I simply bear in mind the entire time, I simply needed to get out of there. He did not appear to care one drop about us. He did not ask us something about ourselves. We might have been anybody.”
Beth stated she and Susan in contrast notes after the disturbing interplay and advised different folks as effectively.
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“She advised me Richard Dreyfuss was inappropriate together with her — his fingers have been throughout her. I simply bear in mind her displaying me the images and telling me how Richard Dreyfuss was sort of pervy together with her,” Beth’s good friend, a TV producer, advised The Information. “I might say she was shocked by his habits.’
The good friend stated Beth reported the incident to him inside a pair months in 2004.
“You hear lots about one of these habits, however hardly ever do you see proof of it,” he stated of the photographs.
Beth, an entrepreneur and mom of two, stated she lastly determined to step ahead after the #metoo motion created a extra hospitable setting for ladies to speak about predatory habits by highly effective males.
She was additionally upset when Dreyfuss denied exposing himself to author Jessica Teich in 1987, a narrative that broke in November.
The “Shut Encounters of the Third Variety” actor advised New York Journal’s weblog Vulture that he recalled flirting with Teich over time in exchanges he thought have been consensual.
Teich, in the meantime, advised Vulture that Dreyfuss employed her to assist develop a script for an ABC present and harassed her with lewd feedback. She stated at one level, he invited her to his trailer on a movie set in 1987 and uncovered his genitals to her.
Dreyfuss’ agent Barry McPherson stated his shopper didn’t expose himself to Teich.
Dreyfuss reportedly stated he was “horrified and bewildered to find” the flirting was not consensual.
Teich stated she determined to interrupt her silence after Dreyfuss spoke out on Twitter to assist his son Harry within the wake of claims the actor Kevin Spacey groped Harry’s crotch when the youthful Dreyfuss was 18.
Beth stated she noticed Dreyfuss’ denial of Teich’s claims and felt it was essential to again her up.
“He stated it did not occur, and that obtained me actually mad. I feel she’s telling the reality,” Beth advised The Information on Monday.
“A number of occasions, the person simply denies it, and the lady appears to be like so silly. To be sincere, I am a bit of scared myself, talking up now. However I felt so badly for her, and I had a chance to again up what she’s saying. I have been alone in a room with him and know what he is like,” she stated.