Chris Kattan Claims Lorne Michaels Made Him Have Sex in Exchange for Movie Deal
The ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum says in his memoir that the show’s producer once pressured him to have sex with a female director to make sure that the movie was made.
AceShowbiz –Chris Kattan is another actor who has claimed that Hollywood execs abuse their power for sexual pleasure. In his new memoir “Baby Don’t Hurt Me: Stories and Scars From Saturday Night Live”, the comedian claims that “Saturday Night Live” creator and producer Lorne Michaels once forced him to have sex with a director to secure his movie gig.
In an excerpt from the book shared on Twitter, the former “SNL” cast member writes that he was attached to the 1990s comedy film “A Night at the Roxbury” when director Amy Heckerling, who was slated to helm the movie, made sexual advances on him. Chris, then 27, turned down the 43-year-old “Clueless” director’s advances.
He claims that the next day a “furious” Lorne called him to tell him that Amy was considering of leaving the project. Lorne allegedly told him that “Paramount would only do the movie if Amy signed on as a director, not as a producer.”
Lorne also told Chris that if he “wanted to make sure the movie happened, then [he] had to keep Amy happy,” so the 48-year-old actor recounts. “Chris, I’m not saying you have to f**k her, but it wouldn’t hurt,” Lorne allegedly told Chris.
Chris says he ultimately followed his then-boss’ alleged order and had sex with Amy on the couch in her office. “She thought it would be fun to have sex on Lorne’s desk,” he recalls. “Wow, what a great idea! Jesus Christ. I said a polite ‘F**k, no!’ to that, so we ended up going to her office and having sex on … yep, you guessed it, the ‘casting couch.’ “
Chris admits he “was attracted to Amy, but at the same time very afraid of the power she and Lorne wielded over my career.” He says that he did not tell anyone about the incident, but it put a strain on his already fraying relationship with actress Jennifer Coolidge.
Despite Chris’ effort to secure Amy as director for the project, she eventually signed up as a producer and John Fortenberry ended up directing the movie. Chris starred in the 1998 movie based on a recurring “SNL” sketch performed by him and Will Ferrell.
Responding to Chris’ claim featured in his memoir, a spokesperson for “SNL” denies it and says, “This did not happen.” The show’s reps also say that the publisher never contacted them to verify the claims from the book.
In a previously released excerpt from the book, Chris claims he broke his neck during a sketch on the show back in 2001, which left him almost paralyzed. The “Hotel Transylvania 2” voice cast member says he fell back in a rickety chair during the filming of a skit about a group of kids who role-play as the “Golden Girls”. He landed hard on the stage and painfully hit his head, but only started feeling the aftermath of the incident in the form of pain around his neck nearly a year later.
Chris says he told Lorne and producer Ken Aymong about the matter, and Ken promised to “take care of it.” Meanwhile, Lorne allegedly gave him doctor recommendation. The injury led Chris to undergo five surgeries with two of them being paid by NBC. An NBC spokesperson, however, claimed that the network had no record of any injury claim.
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