Richard Dreyfuss Finds Himself In The Jaws Of A Sexual Harassment Allegation

Richard Dreyfuss, the actor whose son Harry Dreyfuss recently revealed how he was groped by Kevin Spacey when he was 18, is now facing sexual harassment allegations of his own.

Best known for his performances in Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” the actor has been accused of sexual harassment by Los Angeles-based writer Jessica Teich, who said in an interview with Vulture that Dreyfuss exposed himself to her without her consent.

The actor has been critical of Donald Trump even long before he was elected as President of the U.S. In a tweet dating to October 2016, Dreyfuss wrote: “Trump is a disgusting, dangerous pig. His supporters should abandon him—but don’t let them forget that they did this. What’s done is done.”

Teich told Vulture that she was “bothered” by Dreyfuss’ tweet in support of his son. “When I read about his support for his son, which I would never question, I remember thinking, But wait a minute, this guy harassed me for months,” said Teich. “He was in a position of so much power over me, and I didn’t feel I could tell anyone about it. It just seemed so hypocritical.”

Teich says that over a two-to three-year period in the mid-1980s, she was constantly harassed by Dreyfuss. She was in her mid-20s at the time. In one incident, she says he exposed himself to her in his trailer. The two were working on the 1987 ABC comedy special “Funny, You Don’t Look 200: A Constitutional Vaudeville,” which Dreyfuss produced and hosted. It was Dreyfuss’ passion project.

According to Teich, the two had been working on the script since 1984 when she says the older man invited her to talk about the project on the set of a movie he was working. When she arrived, he allegedly exposed himself to her.

“I remember walking up the steps into the trailer and turning towards my left,” Teich says, “and he was at the back of the trailer, and just — his penis was out, and he sort of tried to draw me close to it. He was hard. I remember my face being brought close to his penis. I can’t remember how my face got close to his penis, but I do remember that the idea was that I was going to give him a blow job. I didn’t, and I left.”

It wasn’t the only time Teich claims Dreyfuss harassed her. She told Vulture he would try and kiss her in professional settings and give her “I love you” notes during business meetings. As the pair would travel a lot while developing the comedy special, they were often near each other. Teich says that Dreyfuss once told her that he spent the night with his ear next to the wall listening to her movements in the hotel room next door.

“He has that way of sidling up to you and saying things like, ‘I want to fuck you,’” said Teich. “That was said all the time. He would constantly steer conversations to this yucky, insinuating thing, and I would sort of try to pull us back to a place where we could actually get some work done.”

Dreyfuss has since denied the claims, stating that he “respects women.” He wrote:

I value and respect women, and I value and respect honesty. So I want to try to tell you the complicated truth. At the height of my fame in the late 1970s I became an asshole–the kind of performative masculine man my father had modeled for me to be. I lived by the motto, “If you don’t flirt, you die.” And flirt I did. I flirted with all women, be they actresses, producers, or 80-year-old grandmothers. I even flirted with those who were out of bounds, like the wives of some of my best friends, which especially revolts me. I disrespected myself, and I disrespected them, and ignored my own ethics, which I regret more deeply than I can express. During those years I was swept up in a world of celebrity and drugs – which are not excuses, just truths. Since then I have had to redefine what it means to be a man, and an ethical man. I think every man on Earth has or will have to grapple with this question. But I am not an assaulter.

I emphatically deny ever “exposing” myself to Jessica Teich, whom I have considered a friend for 30 years. I did flirt with her, and I remember trying to kiss Jessica as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years. I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual. I didn’t get it. It makes me reassess every relationship I have ever thought was playful and mutual.

Teich says that throughout her career, she has only told three people about the harassment she received: her therapist, her family member, and a close friend. Both her friend and family member were able to confirm what she said to Vulture, but the therapist declined to comment due to doctor-patient confidentiality.

29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. laurie66bay

    November 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Make the leftist hypocrites live up to their own ideals!
    Hint: They won’t even come close but don’t let them off the hook. Call them out!

  2. John Ostrander

    November 13, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    In the picture he’s with Ron Jeremy. ‘Nuff said.

  3. Scott Kuli

    November 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    He stood in his trailer with his dick out and tried to pull her in face first but Trump’s the “pig”. Okay, I understand Mr. Dreyfuss.

    Now I’m looking for a scholarly study on why Hollywood assholes think everyone else must be like them.

    • PainInMyASS

      November 14, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Trump got caught saying his thing on a bus amongst the guys and Dryface got caught actually sticking is obviously premeditated hardon in her face in an ambush “business” meeting. I think I know which is the REAL PIG.

  4. keneth gonzalez

    November 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Now he blames his father.

  5. 52pan

    November 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    “I remember walking up the steps into the trailer and turning towards my left,” Teich says, “and he was at the back of the trailer, and just — his penis was out, and he sort of tried to draw me close to it. He was hard. I remember my face being brought close to his penis. I can’t remember how my face got close to his penis, but I do remember that the idea was that I was going to give him a blow job. I didn’t, and I left.”

    Come now, no pun intended, just how is it that she can remember such details standing at a distance and yet can’t remember how she got her face next to his penis?

  6. Robert Welton

    November 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Liberals are all sickos.

  7. Jim N Christine Caruso

    November 13, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    What an asshole! Amazing how if he says he’s not making excuses, which he actually IS, then I guess he’s not…He’s a total asshole! He’s done! But then, he’s been done for a while now.

  8. Calvin

    November 13, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Dreyfuss…you’re still an asshole.

  9. jmarie

    November 13, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    “I did flirt with her…as part of what I thought was a consensual seduction ritual that went on and on for many years.”

    Yeah, right. Calling it ritual doesn’t make it less creepy, it makes it more creepy.

    • Kimmy3

      November 13, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      I don’t get it. I’ve had men flirt with me for long periods of time but I don’t consider it creepy. I have flirted with men, too. It is consensual. As a woman I don’t get all the women who claim they are powerless victims. If a guy is harassing then take charge and speak up. No one will take us seriously if we act like helpless wimps.

      • jmarie

        November 14, 2017 at 7:49 am

        The fact that he ‘didn’t realize’ she wasn’t into it is what’s creepy. If a man or woman isn’t flirting back, you should knock it off before ‘many years’ pass. Otherwise it’s called harassment.

        Also, in this case at least, he was clearly in a position of power over her paycheck.

        • Kimmy3

          November 14, 2017 at 10:49 am

          I understand your point but why not just tell the dude to stop. Women are told how strong they are and then we act like weak lassies. Yes, yes, he was in power but aggressive men like that will actually respect a woman who stands up to them.

          • jmarie

            November 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

            ” aggressive men like that will actually respect a woman who stands up to them.

            HAHAHA, no they don’t.

          • Kimmy3

            November 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

            Not all, of course not. But many will. In any case, no need for the woman to be a shrieking violet. Nothing worse than a woman who won’t fight back.

          • jmarie

            November 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm

            It’s “Shrinking Violet,” and yes, there’s no need, but some women are just not as tough as others.

          • Kimmy3

            November 16, 2017 at 1:19 am

            Oh, thank you.

        • Joe Joeseph

          November 14, 2017 at 10:00 pm

          The paycheck comment is legit. The rest is not. And if you want to change that you must encourage women not to send ambiguous signals. Or to play hard to get. Or to read romance novels where the man woos the woman and she’s not interested at first but after a while he wins her, etc. etc. and 100 other things. For that matter it’s time for women to start making the first move, and second move etc. All the things men have had to do. And if you don’t want to do that, then yeah.,. just say “sorry no.. I’m not into anything sexy with you okay”. A few easy words in the English language. It’s not too much to ask. And especially not if this is supposed to be such a horrible thing to bear.

          • jmarie

            November 15, 2017 at 12:04 am

            I can’t encourage women to do anything. All I know is my own experience. The paycheck comment is legit of course, but there are many men who will not take no for an answer and could not care less if you’re not interested or not, because you are an object.

            Also, being in any way friendly can be misconstrued as flirting. Then when you get hit on and say “Not interested” you get harassed for being a bitch. You think it’s that simple? None of it’s simple, for men or for women.

          • Joe Joeseph

            November 15, 2017 at 11:14 am

            “sorry no.. I’m not into anything sexy with you okay”. <– say these words and things will get a lot simpler and better than if you don't say them and send ambiguous signals. That's my advice. You can believe me or not. it's up to you.

          • jmarie

            November 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm

            I don’t doubt your sincerity that those words would work to stop you, but I’m telling you from my experience that those words would be considered a challenge to many men.

  10. David Morrison

    November 14, 2017 at 12:26 am

    I don’t believe anything these accusers say it’s very easy to Make accusations because they don’t have to provide pr

    • myddrinemrys

      November 15, 2017 at 10:21 am

      Proof isn’t required in a witch hunt. The court of public opinion, now whipped into a frenzy, will be judge, jury, and executioner.

      It was about time we had another of these. The last really big one was the “satanic panic” of the 80s.

  11. Stüntkök

    November 14, 2017 at 7:27 am

    THE HEDGEHOG!!

  12. fredderf

    November 14, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Mr. Dryface, Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks.

  13. Steve O

    November 14, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    “I am horrified and bewildered to discover that it wasn’t consensual.”

    — When you are in a position of employment power over someone in a workplace setting, it is sexual harassment, dick.

  14. Miklos Paulovits

    November 14, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    He is disgusting!

  15. ranterator

    November 14, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Another hypocrite hollywood scumbag. More to be revealed, as it were…

  16. Adrian Valle

    November 15, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Women are nutjobs

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