The late Carrie Fisher had been a symbol of hope and inspiration for those who were incapable of standing up for themselves due to fear or shame and even after her demise, she is still serving the purpose. One of her close friends, screenwriter Heather Ross, spoke to a radio station about how she had faced sexual misbehavior in Hollywood and she said that it was Carrie Fisher who ensured that the Academy Award-winning Hollywood producer had to pay for his misdeeds towards Ross. Fisher displayed her strength and incredible sense of humor in threatening the producer.
Heather Ross had called a radio station based in Tucson, Arizona to discuss how she was sexually harassed back in 2000 by the Sony executive. Her story’s beginning is similar to various other Harvey Weinstein stories that we hear these days. Ross provided great details about the incident and revealed that she was molested by the powerful producer inside his parked car. She said, “It happened literally within seconds. I mean, it was so fast that I was thinking there’s no way that this is happening right now.” She said that this was followed by the producer threatening her about her Hollywood career and throwing her out of the car.
Upon hearing about the incident, Carrie became incensed, and she felt bad for her friend. Therefore, she decided to deal with things personally. Ross said, “When I told her about this, I sent her a message … she was very protective of me and more scared for my safety than anything.” However, Fisher’s fear “wore off about two weeks later,” Ross said, and then Fisher took the next step which is quite similar to a threat technique employed by the mafia, in The Godfather style. Heather Ross went on to reveal about what Carrie did, and it was not only extremely creepy but, incredible and apt. This is what Ross revealed:
“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online, and she said, ‘I just saw (blank) at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow.’ I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli with a note that said, If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be (clears throat) something of yours in a much smaller box!'”
Carrie Fisher used a very sophisticated technique to drive home the point by using a cow tongue. Ross said that she is forever indebted to Fisher for what she did on her behalf. Despite not being alive anymore, Carrie Fisher is still inspiring and empowering others. We hope that the actions of the late Star Wars legend had impacted the Sony executive in a big way and now that the stories are out to the public, the men in Hollywood will be careful going forward. You can hear the entire interview where Heather Ross narrated the great work by Carrie Fisher on the Art19 podcast site.