Dakota Johnson speaks for her grandmother, Tippi Hedren.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” star sat down for The Hollywood Reporter’s live recording of “Award Talker” digital audio fileHere, the director discussed the trauma his grandmother suffered while working on two of Alfred Hitchcock’s most acclaimed films.
Johnson Actress Melanie Griffith’s mother said Hedren has always “encouraged” her desire to pursue an acting career, but she didn’t sugarcoat the sexual abuse she experienced in her heyday.
“He’s always been really honest and determined to defend himself. That’s what he’s done,” Johnson said. People as he said. “[Alfred] Hitchcock ruined his career because he didn’t want to sleep with her, and Hitchcock scared him off. He was never held accountable.”
Hedren, now 91, has claimed in her 2016 memoir “Tippi” that she was sexually assaulted several times while working with Hitchcock on the 1963 films “The Birds” and 1964’s “Marnie.”
“Regardless of the industry, it is absolutely unacceptable for people in a position to use that power over someone in a weaker position,” Johnson continued. “It’s hard to talk about because she’s my grandmother. You don’t want to imagine someone taking advantage of your grandmother.”
Johnson also said that his “amazing” grandmother taught both him and his mother never to put up with “this s—” from anyone.
In her memoirs, Hedren wrote that the director, who died in 1980, had written to her chauffeur that she would drive past her house and once asked him to “touch her” while filming “The Birds.” She also claimed that Hitchcock once tried to force her to kiss him in the back of a limo, which he describes as a “terrible, awful moment” in his book.
Hedren said she didn’t tell anyone about the attack because, in the early 1960s, “sexual harassment and harassment were terms that didn’t exist.”
The actress wrote that the harassment got worse while working with Hitchcock on “Marnie.” He allegedly came into the locker room and “put his hands on me”.
“It was sexual, it was perverse,” Hedren wrote of the encounter.
After “Marnie”, Hedren starred in movies like “I Heart Huckabees”, “Citizen Ruth” and “I Woke Up Early The Day I Died” as well as the TV show “Cougar Town”.