Oliver Stone responds to claims that he sexually harassed Melissa Gilbert during an audition

Gilbert says filmmaker "humiliated" her during audition for 1991's 'The Doors'

Director Oliver Stone has responded to allegations made by actress Melissa Gilbert that he sexually harassed her during an audition.

Gilbert made the claims during a radio interview on Monday (November 20), accusing Oscar winning filmmaker Stone of “humiliating” her during an audition for a role in 1991 Jim Morrison biopic The Doors. The part in question eventually went to Meg Ryan.

Speaking to host Andy Cohen on his Sirius XM show, Gilbert claimed that Stone had sought for revenge after she had previously embarrassed him publicly.

“He had me read a scene, and then he said, ‘I’ve written this special scene for you’,” Gilbert told Cohen. “The whole scene was just my character on her hands and knees, saying ‘do me baby,’ really dirty, horrible. It was humiliating and horrid… I ran out of the room crying.”

Melissa Gilbert

Melissa Gilbert

In a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter, Stone has said: “We auditioned dozens of actors for roles in The Doors and it was made clear from the outset that our film was going to be a raunchy, no-holds-barred rock ‘n’ roll movie,. Anyone auditioning was told the scenes would be rehearsed and performed from a script, with my casting director, Risa Bramon Garcia, present throughout the process to ensure a safe environment for all actors who auditioned.”

Casting director Garcia has also issued her own statement, which reads: “Every actor who auditioned came in voluntarily and was aware of the provocative material prior to engaging in their scenes. No actor was forced or expected to do anything that might have been uncomfortable, and most actors embraced the challenge, recognising Oliver Stone’s vision and the creative process. In my experience, there was no attempt to personally offend any particular actor. I always have and still do go out of my way to create a safe and creative space for actors in the audition room. It was no different on The Doors.”