Since last October, when Harvey Weinstein's history of sexual abuse was uncovered, scores of others have been outed as harassers or abusers, although the latest to be outed has a unique twist. New York Times journalist David Itzkoff is publishing a new biography on Robin Williams, simply entitled Robin, where the late actor's Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber admits she was often groped by the actor on set, but she never took offense because the comedian was simply, "so much fun." Here's what she had to say in an excerpt from the upcoming book.
"I had the grossest things done to me by him. And I never took offense. I mean I was flashed, humped, bumped, grabbed. I think he probably did it to a lot of people...but it was so much fun. Somehow he had that magic. If you put it on paper you would be appalled. But somehow he had this guileless little thing that he would do, those sparkly eyes. He'd look at you, really playful, like a puppy, all of a sudden. And then he'd grab your tits and then run away. And somehow he could get away with it. It was the Seventies, after all."
David Itzkoff also spoke with Mork and Mindy director Howard Storm, who stated that there was, "nothing lascivious about it, in his mind, it was just Robin being Robin." Pam Dawber added that her late co-star was just, "such a nice person" who had a "gigantic heart." But she also revealed that the comedian would even go so far as to sit on Dawber and fart on her, while his behavior also ruffled some feathers with the writers and producers, since he would often ad-lib and these additions were often sexual in nature, directed at the actresses. Here's what Howard Storm had to say about one incident where Williams "goosed" an elderly actress with a cane on the set.
"I'm standing there watching this and I'm thinking, 'oh my god' and I just laughed. I thought she was going to turn and say: 'How dare you stick a cane in a woman's a**?' That sweet old lady. There was nothing lascivious about it, in his mind. It was just Robin being Robin, and he thought it would be funny. He could get away with murder. He'd be doing a paragraph and in the middle of it he would just turn and grab her a**. Or grab a breast. And we'd start again. I'd say, "Robin, there's nothing in the script that says you grab Pam's a**." And he'd say: 'Oh, ok."'
Mork and Mindy producer Garry Marshall, who has since passed away, also added there were times when Robin Williams would get completely naked in scenes alongside Dawber, adding, "his aim in life was to make Pam Dawber blush." The Daily Mail got early access to this new biography, which will be published on May 15, which also includes details about the comedian's struggles with substance abuse and much more.