Lisa Rinna's Horrifying Casting Couch Admission
By Rob Shuter Posted Oct 11th 2010 07:50AM
Exclusive: 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."
So far, Lisa's lips are sealed and so it seems are the producer's pants. For a real insight into the glamour and darkness of Hollywood, pick up Lisa's new book 'Starlit.'
Lisa and Harry talk about their books and new reality show, 'Harry Loves Lisa':
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