Karen Sharpe, Anna Maria Alberghetti, and Hope Holiday all appeared in this documentary praising Jerry for the most part and didn't bring up any harassment.
Hope said when talking about when she slapped Jerry: "I didn't mean to hurt him, he got really upset, he went to the dressing room and wouldn't talk to me....." "He said, You don't like me...." She said "That has nothing to do with it."
? Why would she tell this different story? And why wouldn't you mean to hit someone who harassed you?
Karen Sharpe said "he was smart, good business man, warm and very good looking." He was warm yet she says now that he never spoke to her on set and told no one else to as well. What?
Why do these people never come forward until years after people are dead and can't defend themselves?
Anyway what he did was unacceptable in all cases. And I'm sure Dean, Frank, and the other guys did the same shit. I don't know why good looking guys who could get any girl would stoop to this level of behavior. It's terrible, as it is, but women will throw themselves at you anyway? I just don't understand why they need to approach and harass women in this way. I don't love Jerry any less. But I'm really disappointed that he did these things, in the same way I'm disappointed about other stuff he did. This obviously is the most upsetting.
Is this any less harassing than someone sending pictures of their parts or guys whipping it out and jerking off in videos then sending them to women? Jerry did the last one, but he went a bit further.... A lot of men send these pics and videos to women, which is the virtual version of what Jerry did, and think it's ok.
I think this generation is getting better, but a lot of men don't think they are doing wrong. Especially prior generations that told men to keep pursuing women after they said no. Quite a few movies show this as well. Look at the message in Hollywood or Bust where Dean's character "assaults" his romantic lead yet still gets her 5 minutes later after she fought him off? I'm not making excuses for them, but Jerry, Dean, Frank, and others were products of their time where Hollywood promoted this crap.
I'm also perplexed because the stories that I've heard prior to this about Jerry and these accusations don't go together. Jerry treated a call girl that been raped as an adult and molested as child, like a human being. He was one of the only people to do that. Then her description of him being bashful when it came to sex.
"When I told him I’d been molested as a little girl, Jerry told me it was the most horrible thing he’d ever heard. He held me in his arms while I cried and he cried with me. I just loved him then, and I do to this day. Jerry was almost bashful when it came to having sex, but he thoroughly enjoyed it. He didn’t go all the way, though, to preserve his loyalty to his wife. As we returned to the Sands on Las Vegas Boulevard, we quietly enjoyed the sunrise over Sunrise Mountain. Jerry Lewis was one of the nicest men I have ever met”. —"Rat Pack Party Girl" (2017) by Jane McCormick
This also reminds me of his approach with Judith Exner Campbell where he kept her on payroll during the Ladies Man for no reason, and was hitting on her, but like she never took him seriously and thought his approach was ridiculous. He never really made a move on her
Then Shirley MacLaine mentions that he hit on her, and mentioned some dumb comment about liking chocolates or something, and she left.
It's just bizarre that these actresses would wait this long. My friend Anthony who has met them said this:
"I have met all these women, Karen Anna and Hope. I don’t necessarily discredit any one of them…but if is strange that these women have celebrated him in the past and now want to frame him as a devil.
Look, all I can say is, they aren’t accusing him of rape or anything…I don’t think. Also what is the point of slandering a dead man? I think they should have at least given him the opportunity in life to respond. Karen, I must admit, I question her character a bit. Her and her daughter have become incredibly opportunistic since the death of her late husband Stanley Kramer…and it feels like she will go where the narrative is popular if it gives her some attention.
Hope’s behavior has become more and more erratic and bizarre over the last few years. Again, I don’t doubt her, but since her husband passed away, I think she’s been slipping a bit. And she has a lot of family issues etc."
My friend Anthony's friend who also knows Hope, said: "Hope [Holiday]'s got some dementia going on and her quotes should not be taken for accuracy or legitimate. If the reporter did not preface that, then it's a little unethical. Or maybe the reporter didn't realize."
Hope had always said she thought Jerry was a strange man, and that they had issues on the set, but why didn't she just say when interviewed years ago by authors not associated with Jerry, what he had done?