Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Alfred Hitchcock: Tippi Hedren claims director sexually assaulted her in the 1960s

Posted on

AP Photo

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

Tippi Hedren claims she was sexually assaulted by director Alfred Hitchcock while working on his films The Birds and Marnie.

In her upcoming memoir, Tippi, the legendary actress and Hitchcock muse, 86, says that celebrated director would have his driver past her home, and also asked her to “touch him” while they were working on The Birds, according to excerpts featured by The New York Post

She also says Hitchcock once tried to force her to kiss him in the back of a limo.

“It was an awful, awful moment,” she writes in the book.

However, she didn’t tell anyone about the alleged encounter because “sexual harassment and stalking were terms that didn’t exist” in the early 1960s.

Hedren says things escalated once again when she was working with the director on Marnie

There was one incident in which he showed up at her dressing room and “put his hands on me,” she writes. “It was sexual, it was perverse.”

Hitchcock died in 1980 of renal failure. Hedren has often spoke about Hitchcock’s treatment of her and referenced his alleged stalking and sexual misconduct in several interviews over the years.

Tippi is slated to hit shelves in November 2016.