Jerry Lewis is considered “The King of Comedy,” and almost everyone in Hollywood has heard of him. He is remembered as one of the most significant American cultural figures of the 20th century. He is also known for his contributions to charity and Humanitarian work. However, the new documentary pertaining Lewis is not so sweet.
Vanity Fair recently published a new short documentary and expose pertaining Lewis, accusing him of sexual harassment and assault. The interview conducted with actress that worked with Jerry at the time have made some shocking revelations about the comedy king.
One of the actresses Karen Sharpe, in the interview met with the actor during his commercial zenith filming. She was later cast as Lewis’ love interest in the 1964 comedy “The Disorderly Orderly.” Sharpe talks about one instance where the actor ordered everyone but her out of his office where she was being fitted for costumes.
“started moving in on me,” Sharpe said. “He grabbed me. He began to fondle me. He unzipped his pants. Quite frankly, I was dumbstruck.”
“I put my hand up and said, ‘Wait a minute. I don’t know if this is a requirement for your leading ladies, but this is something I don’t do,’” Sharpe continued. “I could see that he was furious. I got the feeling that that never really happened to him.”
Sharpe then revealed she could not quit the film due to her being bounded by a contract she had signed. Days later after the incident when she is back on the set no members from the crew spoke to her except the director and assistant director. It is said that they were ordered to do so. Actress further revealed that Lewis also did not interact with her unless they filming together for a scene.
Jerry Lewis died in 2017 at the age of 91.
Another actress Hope Holiday interviewed in the said documentary, accused Lewis of the same thing; the full interview can be read at Vanity Fair’s website.