Tippi Hedren: “Alfred Hitchcock Sexually Assaulted Me”

Tippi Hedren, The Birds
Universal Studios

Tippi Hedren has accused late director Alfred Hitchcock of sexually assaulting her while working on their films The Birds and Marnie.

The 86-year-old actress makes the shocking claims in her upcoming memoir, Tippi, due to be released in November (16).

In the book, she describes how the legendary filmmaker began stalking her and regularly drove past her home, and also asked her to “touch him” while they were working on his movies.

In excerpts obtained by the New York Post, Hedren assets that Hitchcock once tried to force her to kiss him in the back of a limousine.

“It was an awful, awful moment,” she writes. But she didn’t tell anyone because “sexual harassment and stalking were terms that didn’t exist” in the early 1960s.

She adds, “Which one of us was more valuable to the studio, him or me?”

Nicknamed The Girl by Hitchcock, he reportedly developed an obsession with the actress, which inspired the HBO TV movie The Girl in 2012.

Hedren also claimed the director was emotionally abusive to her, and says things escalated when she was working with the director on Marnie in 1964.

Describing an incident in which he showed up at her dressing room and “put his hands on me,” she writes, “It was sexual, it was perverse.”

Hitchcock died in 1980 of renal failure, and Hedren has often spoken about the director’s alleged stalking and misconduct in interviews over the years.

Tippi is due to be released on Tuesday (01Nov16).