Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand

Hollywood movie mogul Ray Stark sexually abused Barbra Streisand at the start of her acting career, the superstar's producer ex-boyfriend Jon Peters alleges in a new book.

Peters, who produced films like Superman Returns and Batman, describes how he "wanted to kill" Stark when he learned Streisand and his ex-wife, actress Lesley Ann Warren, were molested during casting sessions.

He writes Stark, an ogre of male chauvinistic casting-couch sexual entitlement, had molested both Lesley Ann and Barbra when they were auditioning for him, and neither had ever really gotten over it

He claims Stark - who died in 2004 - took advantage of Streisand as sheprepared for her breakthrough performance in 1968's Funny Girl and 1973 film The Way We Were.

He writes "Stark, an ogre of male chauvinistic casting-couch sexual entitlement, had molested both Lesley Ann and Barbra when they were auditioning for him, and neither had ever really gotten over it".

Spokespersons for Streisand and Warren did not return requests for comment as FemaleFirst went to press.

Peters' memoir was bought by Harper-Collins Publishers in April (09) for $700,000 (£462,350), reports the New York Post.

In other revelations Barbra Streisand enjoyed affairs with her movie co-stars RObert Redford, Ryan O'Neal and Kris Kristofferson at the height of her fame, according to the singer/actress' ex-boyfriend, Hollywood producer Jon Peters.

Peters, who produced Superman Returns and Batman, claims in his upcoming memoir Studio Head that Streisand confided in him that she had "life-imitates-art affairs" with the actors.

Her fling with O'Neal came after they met on the set of 1972 movie What's Up Doc?, shortly after her split from husband Elliot Gould, Peters alleges.

And he claims she seduced Redford while he was married to Lola Van Wagenen on the set of 1973's The Way We Were. A romance with Kristofferson followed in 1976, according to the book.

Peters writes: "Barbra may have had her neuroses and insecurities, but getting men, the men every woman wanted, was not one of them."

Reps for Streisand, O'Neal and Redford had not responded to requests for comment as WENN went to press, while Kristofferson's spokesperson had no comment.

Peters' memoir was bought by Harper-Collins Publishers in April (09) for $700,000 (£462,350), reports the New York Post.


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