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Molly Shannon says she was molested by Gary Coleman: ‘I wish I could have stood up for myself more’

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Molly Shannon has claimed the late actor Gary Coleman sexually molested her.

At a performance on The Howard Stern Showthe 57-year-old actor shared details of the alleged incident that took place in Coleman’s penthouse hotel room.

In 1987, Shannon had just signed with Coleman’s manager, Mark Randall, and went to a meeting On the right way Actors having tea at the Plaza Hotel in New York.

After the meeting, Coleman, who died at the age of 42, invited Shannon to view the penthouse suite where he was staying.

Shannon claims Coleman’s behavior became “implacable” as soon as Randall left the suite.

“I think he said, ‘Sit down [on the bed].’ It was very cute,” she said. “And then he tickles me a little. This and that.”

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The actor explained that she turned down Coleman’s advances, but he reportedly became more adamant about his actions.

“He was relentless,” Shannon said. “Then he tried to kiss me and get on top and I said, ‘No, Gary. To stop.’ So I push him away. Then I would get out of bed. Then he would bounce on the bed.

“Jump, jump, jump. And wraps around me,” she said. “Then I would throw him away. And then he hit me. I guess I didn’t feel physically threatened because of his size. Bu… it just kept going. To repeat. I would throw him off, he would get back on. And then I finally throw him off. I was really out of breath because it was athletic and aerobic.”

That Other people The actor said Coleman grabbed her leg and she tried to “throw it away.”

“Then I lock myself in the bathroom and then he puts his hands under the door,” she added. “And he says, ‘I can see you.'”

Shannon said she then “ran” from the room and told Randall to “watch out” for Coleman.

“I wish I could have stood up for myself more,” she told Stern.

Shannon also detailed this alleged incident in her new memoir. Hello Molly!

The Independent was unable to reach Coleman’s representative.

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, you can contact your nearest Rape Crisis organization for specialized, independent and confidential support. Visit their website for more information here.

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