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The Hollywood Casting Couch: 15 Celebs Describe Their Encounter

The casting couch's existence is not denied by many people, though most will argue that it isn't as bad as it used to be. Yet, almost everyone in the industry, it seems, turns a blind eye to this type

The casting couch's existence is not denied by many people, though most will argue that it isn't as bad as it used to be. Yet, almost everyone in the industry, it seems, turns a blind eye to this type of thing, choosing to ignore the persistent rumors and accusations, rather than get involved and risk their own careers.

The casting couch, for those who aren't familiar with the term, refers to the age-old practice of trading "intimate" favors for career advancement, specifically in the film industry. The idea is that a producer or a director or some person in power will directly state or imply that the aspiring actor/actress must perform a sexual act if they wish to get the role they're seeking. Sometimes, these requests are made to look like they're necessary for the audition, while others use the audition as a place to meet young and impressionable young would-be stars. If the actor denies these requests/demands, well, you know what they say, "Hollywood is a small town."

For a long time, we have shamed, if only jokingly, the men and women who give the sexual favors. Yet, for whatever reason, we've neglected to look at the people in power, the ones who are subjecting these aspiring artists to these awkward situations. We've heard rumors about those who have gotten ahead using casting couch type situations; from Marilyn Monroe to Chelsea Handler, but it's not always clear who is on the other side. Lately, with the awful Bill Cosby news, the casting couch is back in front-and-center because many of Cosby's victims described a casting couch-type scenario as their initial meeting place. There are some big-name stars who have spoken out publicly against the powerful people in Hollywood using casting couches as well, and we'd like to give a little space for them and their stories. Here are 15 stars who have spoken out against Hollywood Casting Couches.

15 Jenny McCarthy

14 Lisa Rinna

13 Woody Harrelson

12 Cher

Like stars tend to do these days, Cher took to Twitter to tell her personal casting couch story. While brave, the Tweets were riddled with grammatical errors, so we apologize for the disastrous language you're about to read. The Tweet stated, "Ladies. We r not disposable blow up dolls, 4rich mens pleasure. I had scary experience w/rich important film prod. & I was Cher!! I wanted job."

11 Gwyneth Paltrow

10 Susan Sarandon

9 Ryan Phillippe

8 Charlize Theron

7 Helen Mirren

6 Judy Garland

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5 Mickey Rourke

4 Corey Feldman

3 Rose McGowan

2 Thandie Newton

1 Megan Fox

As with driving an automobile, many people have a blindspot that blocks out the wrongdoings of people that are close to them. Megan Fox, for example, claims that "Any casting couch s**t I've experienced has been since I've become famous. It's really heartbreaking. Some of these people! Like Hollywood legends. You think you're going to meet them and you're so excited, like, 'I believe this person wants to have a conversation with me,' and you get there and you realize that's not what they want at all." Yet, Fox had mentioned in another interview that her first audition for Michael Bay for the role in Transformers, before she was famous, was a weird one—a very casting-couch-like interview. Bay reportedly had Fox wash his Ferrari, while he filmed it. Even if she doesn't associate this type of thing with a "casting couch," it sure sounds odd. The tape has apparently gone missing too.

Sources:  HuffingtonPost; ABCNews; DailyMail

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