Actress Tippi Hedren has slammed Alfred Hitchcock biographers who have suggested her sexual assault claims against the legendary filmmaker are bogus.
The 86-year-old star stirred up Hollywood by recalling the director's bad behavior on the set of his classic films The Birds and Marnie in the early 1960s in her new memoir, Tippi. She revealed they had a falling out because she wasn't interested in a romance as Hitchcock made inappropriate advances.
Hitchcock historians have come forward to pour doubt on her accusations, but Hedren insists there's no way the filmmaker's biographers could have any idea what truly took place behind closed doors on film sets.
"They weren’t there," she tells Variety, "How about that? I was the one living that life. They weren’t. How can they possibly have anything to say about it?"
In her book, Tippi, who is mother to actress Melanie Griffith and the grandmother of rising star Dakota Johnson, describes how Hitchcock began stalking her, regularly drove past her home, and also asked her to "touch him" intimately while they were working together.
Hedren has often spoken about the director's alleged misconduct over the years and she has no regrets.
"I did it because this is legion all over the world," she explains. "There’s nothing unique about it. Women complain all the time about somebody trying to make a pass at them or have a relationship in which they are not interested.
"I don’t put up with that kind of thing," Tippi adds. "I wanted to let women, especially young women, know never to allow that kind of approach and to be forceful in telling people you’re not interested in having that kind of a relationship. It’s not a bad thing to say no."