If there was even a shadow of a doubt in your mind that Carrie Fisher is a feminist icon, a story now being shared by her longtime friend Heather Ross should clear that right up. Because according to Ross, Carrie Fisher handled a predatory Hollywood producer in just about the most Carrie Fisher way possible. In other words, like a true ‘shero.’
In the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s unraveling, women in Hollywood and beyond are sharing their stories en masse. Among them is Ross, who was sexually assaulted by an Oscar-winning producer (unnamed, not Weinstein).
During an interview with an Arizona radio station, Ross explained that after being invited to dinner by the producer, he forced himself on her in the car. She was able to resist, at which point the producer reportedly told her, “You’ll never make a movie in my town… get the fuck out of my car.”
Shaken by the experience, Ross opened up to her confidante, Fisher. Little did she know at the time, but the late Star Wars actor had designs on retribution from the moment she heard Ross recount the assault.
“About two weeks later, she sent me a message online and she said, ‘I just saw [unnamed producer] at Sony Studios. I knew he would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,'” Ross recalled Fisher telling her.
Elaborating, Ross said, “I asked her what was inside and she said, ‘It was a cow tongue from Jerry’s Famous Deli in Westwood with a note that said, ‘If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box!'”
Although Ross didn’t press charges or come forward about the assault until now, she explained that simply being supported in such a way by Fisher moved her.
“It felt validating to know, ‘OK, first of all, this woman who I love as a friend was not just a fake Hollywood friend. That’s who she was. She spoke out and she put things out there in your face,'” Ross said.
We should all be so lucky to have a friend like Fisher!