Jim Carrey in trouble for ‘sexual assault’ of Alicia Silverstone

Jim Carrey is the latest celebrity to come under fire after weighing in on Will Smith‘s  assault on Chris Rock during the Academy Awards on Sunday evening – as two 1997 videos resurfaced in which he is seen ‘sexually assaulting’ a then-20-year-old Alicia Silverstone at an awards show, before ‘forcibly’ trying to kiss Smith at the same event.

The actor, now 60, furiously criticized the celebrity audience at the Oscars for giving Smith a standing ovation following his Best Actor win, just minutes after he slapped Rock on-stage in response to a joke the comedian made about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s alopecia.

Carrey, who announced on Thursday night that he is ‘probably retiring’, claimed he was ‘sickened’ by the round of applause for Will and insists he should have been escorted out – however fans have been quick to slam him as a ‘hypocrite’ while bringing back to light a video of him ‘sexually assaulting’ Silverstone at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards. 

Resurfaced footage from the awards ceremony shows a then-35-year-old Carrey walking up to the stage to collect an award from Silverstone, only to grab her by the head and ‘forcibly’ pull her into a kiss while she tried to push him off her. 

During the same 1997 ceremony, Carrey was also seen trying to kiss Smith after he was announced as the winner of the award for Best Kiss. As Smith, who was 28 at the time, prepared to make his way up on-stage, Carrey was seen grabbing him by the neck and sticking his tongue out towards his face, while the actor tried to shove him away. 

The two resurfaced clips are now doing the rounds on Twitter, where users have branded Carrey a ‘hypocrite’ for condemning Smith’s actions, despite having himself ‘assaulted’ both the actor and Silverstone during the 1997 event.

‘It’s amazing that Jim Carrey sexually assaulted Alicia Silverstone by physically forcing her to kiss him on national TV, when she was [20], and it had literally no impact on his career whatsoever,’ one person wrote, while sharing images of Carrey grabbing Silverstone and Smith during the awards show. 

‘He’s such a complete piece of s*** on so many levels.’ 

Another added: ‘[Carrey] forcibly kissed Alicia Silverstone AND also tried to do the same thing to Will Smith. Regardless of age or age gaps, what Jim Carrey did was ASSAULT. He’s scum and he had no business forcing himself on people.’ 

‘Jim Carrey tried to French kiss Will Smith at the MTV movie awards and he kissed Alicia Silverstone without her consent at the same award show,’ one Twitter user chimed in. 

‘So he assaulted two people in one night and nobody said a word. He should be minding his own business.’ 

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The bitter backlash comes after Carrey slammed the A-list audience at the Oscars for applauding Smith’s Best Actor win – which came shortly after he stormed onto the stage to slap Rock across the face, before yelling at him twice to ‘keep my wife’s name out your f***ing mouth’.   

During an interview with CBS’ Gayle King on Monday morning, hours after the Oscars aired, Carrey branded Hollywood as ‘spineless’ for giving Smith a standing ovation.

‘I was sickened by the standing ovation,’ he said. ‘Hollywood is just spineless en masse and it really felt like this is a really clear indication that we aren’t the cool club anymore.’

Benedict Cumberbatch, a fellow Best Actor nominee, as well as Best Director nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and actress Maya Rudolph were some of the stars who stood for Smith’s win. Venus and Serena Williams, whose father was portrayed by Smith in King Richard, also stood. 

Carrey added that if he was in Rock’s position, he would pursue a lawsuit against Smith, saying: ‘I’d have announced this morning that I was suing Will for $200 million because that video is going to be there forever, it’s going to be ubiquitous. 

‘That insult is gonna last a very long time. If you want to yell from the audience and show disapproval or say something on Twitter [that’s fine]. But you do not have the right to walk up on stage and smack somebody in the face because they said words.’

Carrey concluded: ‘[The slap] came out of nowhere because Will has something going on inside him that’s frustrated. I wish him the best. I have nothing against Will Smith. He’s done great things, but that was not a good moment. It cast a shadow over everyone’s shining moment last night… It was a selfish moment.’ 

However, following the CBS interview, Carrey found himself coming under furious fire on social media, where users were quick to dredge up his own unpleasant awards show behavior. 

Responding to the comedian’s comments, one person wrote: ‘In that case, Jim Carrey should be jailed for sexually assaulting a teenaged Alicia Silverstone on stage at the 1997 MTV Awards, and then also trying to sexually assault Will Smith at the same awards show.’ 

A third shared a meme of Homer Simpson backing into a hedge, and wrote: ‘Jim Carrey being reminded of his forcible kiss on then 19-year-old Alicia Silverstone.’ 

Another added: ‘Jim Carrey… the guy who kissed a 19-year old Alicia Silverstone without her content… that Jim Carrey?’

One person tweeted directly at Carrey, asking: ‘Didn’t you sexually assault Alicia Silverstone?’ 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding an emergency board meeting to discuss disciplinary action against the star for slapping Rock.

The Academy, which condemned Smith’s actions, said it was reviewing the episode but the inquiry is expected to take a few weeks, sources familiar with the matter said. 

Although Carrey has yet to publicly comment on the backlash over the resurfaced 1997 videos, he made the shock announcement on Thursday night that he is ‘probably’ going to ‘retire’ after the release of his latest movie, Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Speaking to Access Hollywood about the upcoming film, said that he ‘feels like… he has done enough’ in his career, adding that he wants to focus on his ‘quiet life’. 

His admission came after interviewer Kit Hoover mentioned that Dolly Parton wants Carrey to play her ‘music partner’ Porter Wagoner in a biopic about her life. 

‘Well I love Dolly Parton,’ he said, before adding: ‘Well I’m retiring… yeah probably. I’m being fairly serious. 

‘It depends, if the angels bring some sort of script that’s written in gold ink that says to me that it’s going to be really important for people to see, I might continue down the road, but I’m taking a break.

‘I really like my quiet life and I really love putting paint on canvas and I really love my spiritual life. I feel like – and this is something you might never hear another celebrity say as long as time exists – I have enough. I’ve done enough. I am enough.’

The furious controversy surrounding Carrey comes after The View host Whoopi Goldberg, who is also a member of the Academy, said she believes Smith will be able to keep his Oscar following the controversy but that will still face some form of punishment for the on-stage assault. 

5 comments

  • I’m no fan of Carrey, but really? Can you say, “Harvey Weinstein?” How many decades did his sexual assaults last, and no one said a word.

  • lawsuit statute of limitations

  • All this hoopla, about Carry kissing Alicia Silverstone is
    Not comparable to getting violently socked in the face. Adrian Brody dipped and kissed Halle Berry during an Oscar award presentation and no body said a word! BTW Alicia was 20, not 19. The trolls always come out of their caves to throw their crap at other people.

  • Whoopies on the academy nothing’s going to happen it will that’s probably why he won the Oscar in the first place from movie that had really bad reviews. My best to Jim Carrey. F Hollywood

  • Carrey – the next Democratic President candidate.

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