Lisa Rinna told Popeater a story of a very blatant pretty disturbing request for sex in return for a role. She said that at the age of 24 she was promised a role on television, with the producer telling her while she was in his office to strip off her panties and bend over and the job was hers!
Lisa Rinna tells me her dishy new novel, ‘Starlit,’ is an inside look at “life on and off the red carpet, full of scandalous backstabbing and lots of sex.” She describes it as a “roman à clef,” or a novel that describes true events but is disguised as fiction. However, the most shocking real-life event that Lisa left out of the impossible-to-put-down read is a true story about herself and the infamous Hollywood casting couch.
“I lost a role on a BIG TV series because I wouldn’t bend over a chair in a producers office for ‘just a quickie,’” Lisa admits to me for the first time. “‘Just pull your panties down and bend over and the role is yours,’ he said to me.”
Lisa was just 24 years old at the time and walked away in tears after the disgusting encounter, but that hasn’t stopped her from thinking about the producer or that moment every day.
A friend tells me that Lisa has never revealed the producer’s name to anyone, including husband Harry Hamlin, but many years later, during the height of her ‘Melrose Place’ success, she saw the man that propositioned her all those years ago on an industry red carpet. He stopped to say congratulations and she told him, “I know everyone in this town and if you ever do what you did to me again to anyone else I will tell everyone your dirty secret.”
Now I want to know who that producer was! That incident happened in 1987 so it’s likely we’ve never heard of the guy and that it wasn’t someone particularly famous, or else why didn’t she tell her husband? It’s surprising to hear that this happened to her, but Gwyneth Paltrow told a similar story recently and I guess it’s more common than you might think.
Popeater also has some video interviews with Lisa and Harry, who are each promoting their books out on the same day along with their reality series. Harry sounds a little tipsy, but you can hardly blame him. The store they run in Sherman Oaks, CA got robbed the morning they did their press tour in NY, with Harry having to field a call about it on live television, on The Today Show. In terms of the rumors that they staged the break-in for publicity, Lisa got really worked up about it and said that there’s no way they faked that. I believe her and they both seemed very upset.
Has anyone seen her new show? You can watch it online if you’re in the US.