Jane Fonda says the late French director René Clément once offered to have sex with her so he could “see what my orgasms were like.”
During a recent series of “Plead the Fifth” on the Bravo talk show Watch what’s happening live, host Andy Cohen asked the 85-year-old Oscar-winning actor and activist to name a man in Hollywood who “tried to pick you up once you said no.” Fonda, who appeared on the show to promote her new movie Book Club: The Next Chapter quickly recalls an experience with Clement, who directed her in the 1964 thriller house of joy.
“He wanted to sleep with me because he said the character had to have an orgasm in the movie and he needed to see what my orgasms were like,” Fonda explained as she sat next to her. She. Reading Club co-stars Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen.
“Are you kidding me?” Cohen responded in shock.
Fonda replied, “He said it in French and I pretended not to understand.”
According VarietyJane Fonda was only 27 at the time of joyhouse production, while René Clément was a 51-year-old filmmaker with multiple Cannes Film Festival and BAFTA awards to his name. Of course, Fonda would later win several prestigious awards, including two Best Actress Oscars for Klute in 1971 and Go home in 1978. Clément died in 1996 at the age of 82.
Fonda added, “I have stories for you, kid. We don’t have time.
Following Jane Fonda’s revelation, which is just the latest insight into the film industry’s vast history of sexual harassment and abuse of power, Cohen asked the actor to name “the biggest misogynist in ‘Hollywood’.
“Oh my God,” Fonda replied. “I plead the fifth.”