Molly Shannon says she was sexually harassed by Diff’rent Strokes actor Gary Coleman
- Shannon, 57, said she had the same agent as the actor at the time
- SNL alum said she went to meet Coleman with her agent for tea in 1987 at the Plaza Hotel
- Coleman and his agent invited him to check out the presidential suite he was staying in
- The superstar actress said Coleman was ‘relentless’ trying to fondle her after the officer left the room
- She said she locked herself in a bathroom and ran out of the room
- Coleman starred as Arnold Jackson in Diff’rent Strokes from 1978 to 1986
- The actor died at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on May 28, 2010.
- Shannon also talked about the interaction in her new book Hello, Molly!
Molly Shannon has said she was sexually harassed by the late actor Gary Coleman.
The 57-year-old actress, appearing on The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday, went into detail about her experience with Coleman, who died aged 42 in 2010, a story she opened up in her book Hello, Molly!
Shannon said she signed a deal with Mark Randall, the same agent who represented Coleman, and went to meet Coleman with her agent for tea in 1987 at the Plaza Hotel, before inviting him to check out the presidential suite in which he was staying.
The latest: Molly Shannon, 57, said she was stalked by the late actor Gary Coleman in 1987, during a Tuesday appearance on The Howard Stern Show
The Shaker Heights, Ohio native said that when their agent left the room, Coleman’s behavior became predatory and “relentless.”
Shannon said Coleman, who played Arnold Jackson on Diff’rent Strokes from 1978 to 1986, initially appeared ‘very nice’ as he invited her to sit on a bed in the front bedroom to start tickling her.
“Then he was like trying to kiss me and get on top and I was like, ‘No, Gary, stop,'” she told Stern. “So I push him away. Then I got off the bed. ‘Then he was bouncing on the bed, jumping, jumping, jumping and wrapping around me. Then I threw him, and then he got on top of me.
Shannon, who said she had never had sex when she met Coleman, said she “didn’t feel physically threatened” by the 4ft 8″ actor due to his cut”.
Coleman, who died aged 42 in 2010, was pictured in April 2009 in New York
The Shaker Heights, Ohio native said Coleman’s behavior turned predatory and “relentless” when their agent left the hotel room.
The Saturday Night Live alum said Coleman “continued over and over again” in his harassment of her because she would “fire him [the bed and] he would recover.
‘And then finally, I threw it away. I was really out of breath because it was like, athletic and aerobic.
The Superstar actress said she headed for the bathroom and Coleman, who was 18 at the time, grabbed her leg as she tried to send him away.
‘And then I’m going to lock myself in the bathroom and then he puts his hands under the door. And he’s like, “I can see you,” she said.
The Saturday Night Live alum said Coleman “continued over and over again” in his harassment of her because she would “fire him [the bed and] he would recover
Coleman was seen in a 1985 episode of Diff’rent Strokes alongside Danny Cooksey and the late Dana Plato
The SNL alum also opened up about the experience in her new book Hello, Molly!
Shannon said she eventually “ran out” of the hotel room and warned her agent to keep a closer watch on the actor.
“I wish I could have defended myself more,” Shannon said of the incident.
Coleman died at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center on May 28, 2010, from an intracranial hemorrhage.
The actor had to deal with multiple health issues throughout his life, undergoing a series of operations and transplants, and kidney issues which impacted his growth.