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In a tweet thread Friday, Arquette described a film deal that almost happened “years ago,” but stopped short after she found the 71-year-old director’s behavior “weird.”
“Oliver Stone wanted me to do a movie. We talked about the material, which was very sexual. The meeting was professional,” Arquette wrote. “Then I received from him long stem jungle roses. It’s not uncommon to receive flowers but something about them felt weird. I ignored it.”
Arquette says an assistant then called to make sure she received the roses and invited her to a screening. Uneasy about the gesture, Arquette says she opted to bring her boyfriend as a plus-one to the event, and that’s when Stone’s demeanor changed.
“He said, ‘Why did you bring him?'” she wrote. “I said, ‘Why is it a problem I brought him? It shouldn’t be a problem. Think about THAT Oliver.”
After that conversation, Stone apparently dropped her from the project cold turkey.
“Anyway, never heard about the movie again and didn’t care to,” Arquette said.
She went on to describe the “craggy and uncertain terrain women negotiate” in the entertainment industry and beyond. If she hadn’t brought her boyfriend and Stone had harassed her, she might have been blamed for not bringing a date, she says. If she’d spoken out about it, people might have told her “nothing happened” since there was no proof beyond her own discomfort.
Ultimately, Arquette says, this is a problem that spans far beyond the entertainment industry.
Her tweets come one day after Billions showrunner Brian Koppelman tweeted that the one meeting he’s had with Stone—a “huge creative influence” of his—was the “single creepiest meeting [he] was ever in. Loathsome. Sexist. Pig.”
Oliver Stone is a huge creative influence. Esp on writing dialog. But also, single creepiest meeting I was ever in. Loathsome. Sexist. Pig.— Brian Koppelman (@briankoppelman) October 13, 2017
And former Playboy model Carrie Stevens recounted Stone “grabbing [her] boob” once at a party:
When I heard about Harvey, I recalled Oliver walking past me & grabbing my boob as he walked out the front door of a party. Two of a kind!— Carrie Stevens (@CarrieStevensXO) October 13, 2017
Arquette’s full thread is below:
THREAD 1/ Years ago Oliver Stone wanted me to do a movie.We talked about the Material which was very sexual.The meeting was professional.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
2/ then I received from him long stem jungle roses. It's not uncommon to receive flowers but something about them felt weird. I ignored it— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
3/ then his assistant called to make sure it got them. I thanked them. He then invited me to a screening of Natual Born Killers.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
4/ He said "Why did you bring him?" I said "Why is it a problem I brought him? It shouldn't be a problem. Think about THAT Oliver."— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
5/ anyway never heard about the movie again & didn't care to.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
What I am saying is women are always f-cked. 1)Why didn't you say something? 2) nothing happened! 3)it's not professional if U bring BF!— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
6) Trust your instincts! 7) Your instincts are not valid!— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
What I am demonstrating is the craggy and uncertain terrain women negotiate in Entertainment and all businesses.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
I have experienced sexual impropriety since I was 4 years old-out in the world.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) October 13, 2017
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.