The younger sister of one of Manson Family victims has slammed a new film about her sister’s murder, calling it “classless and exploitative.”
“The Haunting of Sharon Tate” stars Hilary Duff as Sharon Tate, who was murdered by followers of infamous cult leader Charles Manson in 1969. She was eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time.
“Had the incredible opportunity of playing Sharon Tate the past two weeks in an independent movie. She was an amazing woman and it was a true honor,” Duff captioned a recent Instagram photo of herself on the set.
But Sharon Tate’s younger sister, Debra Tate, slammed the new film, telling People magazine that it was “exploitative.”
“It doesn’t matter who it is acting in it—it’s just tasteless,” Tate said. “It’s classless how everyone is rushing to release something for the 50th anniversary of this horrific event.”
Sharon Tate and her unborn son were murdered in August 1969 along with four friends.
Her husband, Roman Polanski, was working on a film in Europe on the fateful night
Debra Tate was 16 when her older sister was murdered.
She also commented on an aspect of the film that showed her sister’s character having a premonition that she would be killed.
“I know for a fact she did not have a premonition—awake or in a dream—that she and Jay would have their throat cut,” she says. “I checked with all of her living friends. None of her friends had any knowledge of this. Tacky, tacky, tacky.”