RADNOR, Pa. -- Many Hollywood actresseS are sexually harassed by their bosses but don't expose the problem for fear of being branded a 'troublemaker,' TV Guide magazine reported.
'Everybody is afraid. It makes people nervous just to talk about it, because suddenly you get branded as a troublemaker and suddenly people don't want you around,' Timothy Blake, head of the Screen Actors Guild Women's Committee, said in the March 29 issue.
TV Guide said the sexual harassment problem was so severe the Screen Actors Guild established a 24-hour hot line to handle the complaints.
'This town is full of predators. People think it doesn't exist any more but it does. It happens all the time to almost every girl I know. This town eats them up alive and spits them back out old and useless,' talent manager Joan Green said.
Actor Ed Asner, former guild president, said sexual pressure in Hollywood often was blatant.
'I know a girl who went to see an agent and when she walked into his office he closed the door by pressing one button. He pushed another button and a bed shot out from the wall. That's about as glaring as it gets,' Asner told the magazine.
But some show business executives blamed reports of sexual harassment on women who failed because of their acting, notfor rejecting their bosses' passes.
Tracy Scoggins of 'The Colbys' said she was fired from 'Magnum, P.I.' for refusing the advances of a boss. But producer Donald Bellisario said Scoggins was fired because executives were 'disappointed in her performance.'
Ana-Alicia, now a star on 'Falcon Crest,' revealed her experience with a television executive.
'I went to interview for a series with a man who was a big-name, reputable producer. He said he liked me. He brought me back three times to read and said I was perfect for the part,' Ana-Alicia told TV Guide.
'The last time he brought me back he closed the door. We were alone. He told me his wife didn't understand him. I told him I didn't like him in that way. He turned on me. He said I would never work in this town again,' she said.
Stuntwoman Jean Coulter spent 15 years in show business earning $40,000 or more annually, but she said she was blacklisted in 1980 for turning down the advances of a stunt coordinator for Spelling-Goldberg Productions.