Carrie Fisher once sent a gruesome package to a Hollywood producer who sexually assaulted her friend
At the end of last year, the world said goodbye to the most badass princess who ever lived: Carrie Fisher. As well as portraying Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, though, Fisher was also known for being a writer, a mental health advocate, and an individual who was never afraid to speak her mind.
In the time that has passed since her death, more and more stories have emerged about these lesser-known aspects of her life - and somehow, she's still finding ways to surprise us from beyond the grave.
Most recently, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, a story about Carrie's methods of dealing with sexually abusive Hollywood producers has emerged. And it's amazing.
Heather Ross, a television producer and director who was good friends with Fisher, spoke about her experiences with sexual assault on The Morning Mix show on Tucson radio station yesterday. Though she didn't disclose any names, she did say that she had been attacked by "an Oscar-winning producer" at Sony.
After speaking with him online, Ross met with the producer in his car - but things turned ugly. "Within two minutes" of picking her up, he reclined her car seat and forced himself on top of her, pinning her down. When Ross rejected his advances, he swore at her and threatened that, "[she would] never make a movie in [his] town."
"When it happened, it happened so quickly that I was ashamed of myself," recalled Ross. "I thought I did something wrong. And I thought, 'Well, maybe by meeting up with him... I was asking for it.'"
Thankfully, Ross refused to stay silent about the incident, and confided in her good friend Carrie about what had happened. Fisher - who was never one to shy away from conflict - decided to act on the matter, and responded by hand-delivering a Tiffany's box to the producer.
But the contents was far from pretty.
"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,'" said Ross.
Apparently, Fisher also stuck around to watch the producer open it up.
"It felt validating to know that this woman, who I love as a friend, was not just a fake Hollywood friend," Ross said of Fisher. "She was true. She did that on her own ... but that’s what Carrie Fisher was. She spoke out and she put things out there and in your face."
Ross also said that:
"A lot of people said in the news after her passing that [Carrie] was like a mother figure, that she took care of people, which she did ... She was very protective of me and more scared for my safety than anything.
"After that fear wore off about two weeks later, she sent me a message online. She was like, 'I just saw (the producer) at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany's box wrapped with a white bow'."
Of course, there is no easy way to deal with sexual assault. But those who commit it should be held accountable for their actions, and Carrie Fisher did what she could in order to see to that. The abuse of power by men in Hollywood is still utterly deplorable, but hopefully this story will remind us that there are people out there who are trying to stop it.