Susan Sarandon 'Casting Couch' Encounter; Sexual Exploitation In Audition
Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon opened up about a "disgusting" casting-couch encounter that she was involved in during her early years in the entertainment industry.
While chatting with Elle magazine for their November 2012 issue, the 66-year-old told the publication that as a young Hollywood hopeful in her early 20's, she was the recipient of exploitation upon auditioning for a role.
"I just went in the room, and a guy practically threw me on the desk. It was my early days in New York, and it was really disgusting. It wasn't like I gave it a second though, it was so badly done," she said.
The term "casting couch" is often defined as the swapping of sexual favors by an aspiring employee to a person of higher power in return for a job, and is notoriously known to take place in the Hollywood film business. Nonetheless, Sarandon didn't give any further details on the tryout she was molested at.
The star had her very first audition at the age of 23, where she landed a co-starring role in the motion picture "Joe," released in 1970. She then went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her part in the 1995 movie "Dead Man Walking."
Sarandon has been linked to Jonathon Bricklin since 2010, which is when she split from her longtime partner Tim Robbins.
In a recent interview with Radar Online, Sarandon came to the aid of her significantly younger boyfriend, who is a pingpong entrepreneur.
"People make him out to be much younger than he is - and me older." she said.
Romance aside, the actress and her 35-year-old boyfriend are also business partners in the pingpong club SPiN. Sarandon was kept relatively quiet on the romance with Bricklin until March of this year.