Molly Shannon is a well-known comedian who appeared on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2001 as a member of the cast. Everyone has an unfortunate event in their life that they do not want to go through. Molly recently shared her experience with one such incident.

Molly Shannon recounted a disturbing encounter with Gary Coleman of the Diff’rent Strokes in her new book Hello, Molly! Her description of the incident was not without humor. Coleman attempted to sexually assault Shannon when she was a young, struggling actress, but because he was so small, she “didn’t feel physically threatened” and was able to toss him aside.

Shannon discussed the incident on The Howard Stern Show on April 12th. When the future Saturday Night Live star attracted the attention of agent Mark Randall, who also represented Coleman, in the late 1980s, she thought she had landed her big break. However, a meeting with Randall turned out to be a ruse. Coleman joined them, and the three of them proceeded to the hotel’s Presidential Suite, where Coleman was staying. “We went into the room and then Mark disappeared,” she said.

Coleman would have been in his early twenties at the time, and he was one of the world’s most famous sitcom stars. He never grew taller than 4′ 8′′ due to a rare kidney disorder, and he retained a cherubic child-like face well into adulthood. It was one of the reasons Shannon didn’t expect him to have sexual intentions, and it made him perfect for playing a young boy on Diff’rent Strokes. “I was a virgin, so I wasn’t even thinking about that,” she recalled, also noting his dialysis machine in the suite. “He held my hand, and I was like, ‘He’s so cute!’”

“He was relentless. He was trying to kiss me and get on top of me, and I was like, ‘Gary, stop.’ So I’d push him off. Then I would get off the bed, then he’d bounce on the bed – jump, jump, jump, jump – and wrap himself around me, then I would fling him off, then he got on top of me. I was like, ‘Gary, stop!’ but I guess because of his size I didn’t feel physically threatened.”

“I go to the bathroom, and then he grabs onto my leg. I had to kick him off. Then I go lock myself into the bathroom and then he sticks his hands under the door and said, ‘I can see you, silly billy!’”

She waited for an opportune moment, and then “I just sprinted out. I think I was probably very polite.” She ran into Randall on the way out, and told him, “You gotta watch that client of yours.” She added, “I wish I could’ve stood up for myself more. I didn’t. That’s all I said.” Stern enjoyed the humor of the story. “But really, it’s not funny,” he said when she was done. “The whole thing is so fu*ked up and it’s all so sad.” “Yeah,” Shannon agreed.

We hope that no one ever has to go through this. Molly is extremely brave to share her experience. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.

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