Carrie Ann Inaba hints she was ‘terrorized’ during ‘Showgirls'
Carrie Ann Inaba implied Tuesday that the set of the 1995 movie “Showgirls” was anything but a Vegas paradise.
Inaba, who now serves as a judge on “Dancing with the Stars,” appeared on “The Talk” and the Elizabeth Berkley-starring flick came up in conversation.
“I worked on a dance film many years ago which I will not name the name of, but we were dressed as showgirls,” Inaba said with an exaggerated wink.
“We had somebody who worked, and he was in a big position and he terrorized us, because we were wearing these black leather tops with our boobies out. It was that kind of show; we were Vegas showgirls. He made us feel so uncomfortable, it was like a terrorism in such a weird form because he called meetings but we were, like, uncovered. We’d be dancing and then in the middle of the take he’d stop and he’d say, ‘All right everyone, let’s come for a meeting,’ and we’d be up here on the stage and he’d be (crotch-level). It was so uncomfortable.”
Inaba didn’t identify the man she was referring to, nor did the “Talk” hosts push for more details.
Berkley starred in the movie, alongside Kyle MacLachlan and Gina Gershon, as a drifter who makes her way from stripper to showgirl in Sin City.
Director Paul Verhoeven did not immediately return a request for comment on Inaba’s claims, which included unsafe working conditions.
The movie starred Elizabeth Berkley as a drifter who makes her way from stripper to showgirl in Sin City. (Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock/Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)
“The stage broke a few times it was just one of those jobs where everything went wrong and this person was not looking out for anybody’s interest,” Inaba said on “The Talk.”
“It makes you feel so unsafe, you want to feel safe when you go to work, you don’t want to feel terrorized, and certainly not leered at.”