“Saturday Night Live” alum Chris Kattan alleges in a new book that Lorne Michaels — the long-running comedy sketch show’s creator — pressured him to have sex with a female director in order to keep her on a film project.
A spokesperson for the show, however,
disputed Kattan’s claim and said it never happened.
What are the details?
In his new memoir, “Baby Don’t Hurt Me: Stories and Scars from Saturday Night Live,” Kattan describes a moment that purportedly took place with Michaels during the production of “A Night at the Roxbury,” Page Six reported.
Michaels purportedly suggested that Kattan — who was just 27 years old at the time — sleep with Amy Heckerling, who was tapped to direct the 1998 film, in order to keep her interested in the project.
According to Kattan, Heckerling — who was then 43 years old — propositioned Kattan during the film’s pre-production, but he reportedly didn’t take her seriously and felt awkward because she was technically his boss.
The next day, Kattan wrote, an angry Michaels reportedly phoned Kattan and suggested he sleep with Heckerling to keep her “happy” and attached to the film.
“Chris, I’m not saying you have to f*** her, but it wouldn’t hurt,” Michaels purportedly told Kattan.
Kattan later added that he did end up having sexual relations with her.
“She thought it would be fun to have sex on Lorne’s desk,” he wrote. “Wow, what a great idea! Jesus Christ. I said a polite ‘F***, no!’ to that, so we ended up going to her office and having sex on … yep, you guessed it, the ‘casting couch.'”
Kattan said he was attracted to Heckerling but “was very afraid of the power she and Lorne wielded over [his] career.”
Heckerling did end up signing onto the production, but as a producer rather than director.
A spokesperson for “SNL” issued a brief statement to Page Six on Kattan’s book.
“This did not happen,” the spokesperson said.