Heather Ross has seen firsthand the deplorable actions that were kept under the lid in Hollywood until recently, when stars began speaking out against Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault.
In fact, she had a terrifying experience of her own at the hands of a producer. But it was her good friend, legendary actress Carrie Fisher, who stood up for her after she was sexually assaulted — by sending a harsh message to the unnamed Oscar-winning producer who committed the act, according to KCRA.
Ross told Tucson, Arizona, radio station 94.9 Mix FM that the producer, who was not Harvey Weinstein, forced himself on her when she wasn’t expecting it. She thought the pair were meeting to discuss a project, but he ended up on top of her.
As People reports, the man pulled the car in which they were driving over, got on top her, and pinned her down. After she managed to fight her way out from underneath him, he screamed a threat at her:
“You’ll never make a movie in my town and get the F out of my car.”
Ross said of the incident:
“When it happened, it happened so quickly that I was ashamed of myself. I thought I did something wrong. And I thought, ‘Well, maybe by meeting up with him … I was asking for it.'”
Fisher didn’t feel that way when Ross confided in her about the assault. Instead, she stood up for her friend by sending a warning of her own to the producer. Ross explained:
“About two weeks later, she sends me a message online, and says “I saw [the unamed producer] 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.”
The beautifully wrapped package included an odd gift and a stern message for the man. Ross recalled:
“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 something of yours in a much smaller box.'”
The move left Fisher’s friend feeling relieved she had a friend to turn to during a scary time:
“It felt validating to know, ‘Okay, first of all, this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was. She spoke out and she put things out there in your face.”
Ross knew her friend had her back. She said: “That’s just how she was. She stood up for people.”