Actress Claims Val Kilmer Physically Assaulted Her in Audition for ‘The Doors’
An actress is accusing “Top Gun” star Val Kilmer of physical assault during an audition for the 1991 film “The Doors.”
Caitlin O’Heaney, now 64, said that Kilmer hit her in an altercation during an audition for the movie, she told BuzzFeed News.
“Women have come together, saying, ‘We’re not going to be [expletive]by you,’” she told the site. “I finally have the confidence to speak about this. It’s too long that I’ve sat on this story.”
They were arguing, she alleged, while they were reading a scene for the Oliver Stone-directed film. Then, he hit her in the face, the actress said.
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“When I got to the room and Val Kilmer picked me up and shaked me, throwing me down to the floor, Stone just stood there the whole time laughing,” she said.
“I went down to my car and I cried for about 20 minutes,” O’Heaney said.
The casting director for “The Doors,” Risa Bramon Garcia, told BuzzFeed that she disagrees with the account.
Bramon Garcia told Buzzfeed that O’Heaney and all the other actors were warned that they would be reading a violent scene for the movie that could include physical contact.
“I remember there was a moment Val pinned her to the wall — all part of the scene,” she said, adding that the scene was stopped before it got “carried away.”
Kilmer also didn’t hit her in the face, Bramon Garcia said.
“It was way blown out of proportion,” she told the website. “I am not somebody who takes this stuff lightly. I can tell the difference between something that’s abusive and a moment that got carried away … but it was all in the context of the work. [O’Heaney had] a very extreme reaction to a situation that to me was not extreme at all.”
O-Heaney also filed a police report. Later, she reached a settlement with Kilmer, Stone, and Carolco Pictures for $24,500. Then, she had to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
“I was so traumatized that, against my better judgment, I signed that document, which says I can never speak about this,” she added. “If this was something that happened nowadays, I wouldn’t sign it.”
Kilmer and Stone have yet to comment on her allegations publicly.
O’Heaney never got a role in the film, and it eventually went to Meg Ryan. She quit acting and moved back to Wisconsin and got a job with Greenpeace.
Norman Oberstein, a lawyer who represented Stone and Kilmer at the time, said that while there are many allegations of sexual abuse in Hollywood, he stated, “I have no hesitation in stating this is not one of them … for sure.” “I doubt your article is exploring workplace mishaps during the acting out of a scene,” he said in an email to BuzzFeed.