Here is my public statement regarding my experiences with Ben Stein when I was 12 and 13 years old as a child actor and recently trying to report him and another sexual assault to law enforcement starting in 2009.
Everyone told me coming forward about Ben Stein
would ruin my acting career and life.
*Update* May 19th, 2017 12:47 PM
2 more people have come forward with similar stories of Ben Stein stalking underage girls, total of 4 (Four total) people with disturbing stories of his predatory behavior.
March 25th, 2017 6PM PST
*Update* Two people have come forward to me since I went public.
Any information will be kept confidential and/or I urge all people to go to the police first with whatever information they have about Ben Stein.
Either way I stand with you. I will tell you what my experience has been like dealing with the cops and Feds and press.
I honestly don’t know what the laws are regarding all of this stuff.
If you don’t want to come forward and have had a horrific experience like mine and you see a piece of shit like him on TV and you know who they really are, know you are not alone and all survivors of child sexual assault are with you.
RAINN has resources and also try your local colleges for backup therapy on a sliding scale.
But if it’s 3AM and If it brings up bad memories, I suggest cranking music and singing or writing or try refinishing the kitchen cabinets, do it as loud as you can, it helps.
I had a traumatic experience when I was 12 and 13 years old from 1986-1987 in California and Connecticut with a celebrity pedophile who used his status to groom, stalk and exploit me and later on asked me to sleep with him when I was in the 7th grade. He knew how old I was.
He is an economist/political speechwriter/pundit/ journalist named Ben Stein who is currently a correspondent with CBS Sunday Morning News.
A police report was filed in June of 2016 at the Van Nuys Police station regarding the child sex crimes committed by Ben Stein in California (with Officer Brandstetter and I spoke briefly on the phone with a Det Housefelder) and info is above and on file with the LAPD.
I would like law enforcement or a children’s advocacy group/ union/SAG to start an investigation of Ben Stein and his ongoing predatory, pedophiliac behavior.
I want to make sure that I clarify this in my statement and make
as clear as possible the urgency of this situation after what I
discovered recently with photos posted of children overseas
linked to his Facebook account. I found photos of infants and children. The girls were about 6-10 years old and had a lot of makeup on.
The recently tagged children’s photos of children and infants in other countries that link to Ben Stein’s personal Facebook page and several articles about a pregnant woman he harassed on social media and the internet recently are disturbing and have all documented and can upload to you.
This story and situation affects a lot of industries and institutions. In my part of this story, we moved a lot and it’s over a long period of time. I tried to edit this as clearly as I can and cut down as much as possible.
This all started coming out when I started writing and got a literary agent (Jill Marr, at Sandra Dijkstra in Del Mar) in 2010 and finally reported Ben Stein in 2014 to Jim Clemente and told him about my experiences with Ben Stein.
I have written about my experiences online on my blog with Ben Stein at first not naming him due to fear, and reported him to a retired FBI Agent Jim Clemente in November of 2014 when the Bill Cosby story came out.
I met/worked Jim Clemente sometime in 2007 when I was a stand in for the character Garcia on Criminal Minds for four years; from 2007-2011. He and Kirsten Vangsness both were supportive and gave me a quote for my book and blog after I got a literary agent.
I started writing about Ben Stein privately in 2009, but emailed a retired FBI agent and former co-worker named Jim Clemente in Nov 2014 about my experiences being groomed and stalked by Ben Stein when the Bill Cosby story came out.
I came forward to Jim Clemente in 2014 when the Bill Cosby story came out because he was an expert in child sex crimes and dealing with pedophiles.
Jim Clemente told me he would report Ben Stein to the FBI in 2014. I do not remember him telling me to file a police report in 2014, he may have but I don’t think he did, he told me he would notify the FBI during that phone call.
A year and a half later, he told me to file a police report in 2016 after I commented on Allison Hope Wiener’s show “Crime Time” did a report on Elijah Wood, child actors & pedophiles. She replied and was adamant that I go to the police ASAP and file a report. I did not want to file one and he spoke to me on the phone and told me I needed to go in in June 2016.
I feel like Jim Clemente completely failed me after my experiences coming to him as an adult survivor of child sex abuse after what happened from 2014-2017.
He told me my child rape story was boring in June of 2016 when I called him to read him my statement. I called him to read this to him because I thought he was a friend and advocate; and he interrupted me and told me to leave parts out. I was trying to read him my sex abuse statement to him out loud for the first time ever, to anyone, before I went to the police in 2016 to file a police report.
Jim Clemente is not a bad person, he just has a different personality and one you need to do the kind of job he does, but I was shocked and really upset with the way he handled the phone conversation.
They should have a survivor’s advocate take the statement from people who come forward and not people who aren’t good with victims/survivors because someone else would’ve hung up and not gone back and never trusted a cop or Fed again.
The LAPD guy (Brandstetter) at the station was the same gruff way and attitude, but he also tried to be kind in his own way.
Jim C. recently told me that he is busy with other projects and has health issues and cannot help me with this case.
After I found out about the Paterno report he did, I got really angry & we had a falling out. I feel that Paterno knew and covered for Sandusky and I did not know that he endorsed Paterno and his behavior with his report when I came to him. I never would have come to Jim Clemente if I had known about the report he did for Sandusky/Paterno case but I thought he was a victims advocate and my faith in him has been completely shattered.
Jim Clemente and Ben Stein both work for CBS and other major studios so I also think there’s a conflict of interest & creates problems and I believe the studios already know about Ben Stein and his predatory behavior.
I wish him the best with his life and health and am thankful for the time he spent on this but it’s not enough. Ben Stein is still on TV on CBS and FOX news.
I am reaching out so law enforcement or the press can investigate what I found online linked to Ben Stein’s Facebook pages and make sure he is exposed for what is his.
I want to protect other child actors and children in the entertainment industry and expose his predatory behavior.
I want to change the way children audition in the entertainment industry,
and also with the people who immediately surround them in the
casting process and at all times on set.
I believe he is still targeting children and/or child actors and he still has predatory behavior due to my recent discoveries online.
Another person came forward to me (via Twitter when I went public with his name in January 2017) with their experiences with him as well and her account of Ben Stein’s stalking of she and her friends.
I believe that he’s a pedophile and/or predator and should be
evaluated by a professional and/or law enforcement and he and
his wife should never work with children. Ever.
I believe his predatory behavior and status conferral of the media have given him an exploitative advantage over children, because of my personal experiences with him
A thorough investigation should be done with the photos I discovered online linked to him, his background and his employers and colleagues and especially any children or children’s shows who have worked with him in the entertainment industry.
When I was 12 & 13 years old and in the 6th & 7th grades, Ben Stein groomed me, took photos of me at his home and paid
me $50 with a personal check for them, brought me in for auditions at Universal
Studios in a quid pro quo situation with the photos, stalked me
over state lines, sent my mother cash to fly me out alone to
California, offered me gifts and shopping, and then asked me to
have sex with him and spend the night overnight at his hotel with him when he was visiting a nearby city (Manhattan) when I
was 13 years old in the 7th grade.
Details and timeline
Sherman Oaks, CA
House on Morrison Street by the Galleria 1986
This all took place from about
We were on the road by Dec 15th from California to Connecticut, because on my thirteenth birthday and we stopped in Albuquerque, NM on 12/15/86 and my sister bought me a ring from the Indians.
Los Angeles Herald Tribune Article
Ben Stein wrote two separate articles that were published in the Los Angeles Herald Tribune about my mother and our family in 1986 (Articles I can email you or at LA Downtown Library on microfilm which is where some of these articles were found) and I have documentation and photos I can email you.
There were other adults, my mother’s friend from Balcom Street, Jodie Avery, who was there when he came over.
I think Ben Stein came over once or maybe twice to our house on Morrison Street.
After I met him when he came to our house to interview my mother and our family and some of the random people living at our house, he offered to help me become a working actor and told me he could get me a job on a TV show like Charles in Charge.
When I was 12, Ben Stein brought me in to Universal to Al Burton’s office at the bottom of Universal Studios.
I thought getting a job as an actor on a TV when I was 12 would help my family out of poverty.
A lot of checks started coming in from people who read the articles and thought my mom was a saint for taking care of all these unwanted kids.
Checks started coming to our house because he wrote an article about how great my mother was and took care of vulnerable children when in reality she was a con artist and exploited teenage kids to do her scams for her.
My mother knew he was a pedophile and used me as bait to extort money from him.
I was born in Los Angeles, California to a performing family. My father was a Broadway actor which is how I became a child actor.
Most of my parent’s friends and all people I knew as a
child and my friends and siblings all went to auditions and were
performers and/or worked in the entertainment business or arts
so I have been going to child acting auditions since infancy and
performing is part of my human fabric.
My mother has borderline personality disorder and was frequently arrested. My father was on theatre tours mostly and/ or working or not home and we moved frequently and she was in and out of jails (and later prisons).
I have participated in arts and the performing arts since I was an
infant and later on was represented by a SAG child agent and
performed in an early Disney kid’s game show in 1983.
My love for acting is how Ben Stein exploited me, in the beginning.
There was an enormous amount of dysfunction at my home at the time and my mother was frequently arrested and mentally ill and also had untreated pill addictions. We moved about every three months to a new house or state.
Sometimes we would live in motels or hotels and on stolen credit cards or stolen rental cars.
He only brought me in to audition at Universal Studios after I had let him take photos of me at his home in the hills and his wife (Alexandra Denman) was home that day and I met her. She did not look me in the eye. She was in the kitchen.
My sister Nora and mother came to the “photo shoot” too.
Taking Photos at his house in the hills of Sherman Oaks, CA June-July 1986
I think it was June of 1986 when this happened.
He took a special interest in me at the original interview of our family at our house on Morrison street with my sisters and my mother for the article in the LA Herald Tribune and I told him I wanted to be an actress and he said he had a nephew who lived back east who was my age and he would think I was pretty.
I was my mother’s “golden child” and pet.
He called our house a few weeks or days after the interview and told me that he wanted to show his nephew how pretty California girls were and wanted to take photos of me by his pool at his house.
It might have been after the article came out and the checks were coming in and we had groceries and everyone was happy because they thought I was going to get on a TV show and save the family from poverty.
He requested that I wear a bikini to take the photos but my mother said I must wear shorts and and t shirt and he agreed.
My younger sister Nora came too and he did not take photos of her because he didn’t think she was “cute” enough.
Ben Stein’s wife, Alexandra Denman, is on the board of the California Children’s Law Center and works with vulnerable children and she was home the day he took photos of me by the pool and paid me $50 with a personal check when I was 12.
After we left, my mother said I should be grateful because my sister worked at Solley’s deli and she had to work really hard for $50.
I believe A. Denman is complicit with his exploitation of
children. His wife should not be working with children because
she was home the day he took photos of me and it was not
normal behavior of the auditioning process.
Nor is it professional for any producers or directors when working with children to ask of kids in bikini’s at their home and not in an office.
Al Burton’s Office
After I let him take photos of me, he then brought me in for auditions at Universal Studios to Al Burton’s office and I also met his assistant, Steve Stark, and read with him a few times and kept in touch with him as an actor over the years.
I think I came in for 2-3 auditions at Universal in Al Burton’s office on the first floor at the base of Universal Studios.
They had an outside office patio where Steve Stark took photos of me at the office for casting in one of their T Shirts for a show called “Together We Stand”.
Mr. Stark was really kind and professional and supportive of my book later and tried to help me find a platform but to no avail and he said they passed on my story in 2005, this was before I started writing my book and I have the email correspondence.
We moved about a month after these auditions because my mother got arrested again and she decided it was time to move across the country to Connecticut.
Sherman Oaks, CA to Westport, CT House on Greens Farms Road (243) by ocean inlet (details in original June 2016 statement given to LAPD)
After we moved to Westport, Connecticut in December 1986 and into 1987 (about two or three months after the Universal auditions) I was a student in the 7th grade at Long Lots middle and elementary school in Westport. CT.
He (Ben Stein) contacted my mother via telephone and she spoke to him mostly. I only spoke to him a few times on the phone and the last time in CT is when he asked me to sleep with him.
The last time I spoke to him in Westport, CT sometime in early 1987 when it was dark early outside and crowded house was on the radio station every 5 minutes, is when he called and asked to speak with me and told me he was coming back East to NYC and asked me to meet him in the city and “sleep” with him when I was 13 years old.
I was in the 7th grade at Long Lots Middle School.
I believe he used the words “sleep in the same bed and
sleep at my hotel in the city” or something to those words but
basically I was offered a shopping trip and to sleep with him
overnight in his hotel room in the city with him, by myself and
He asked me on the phone, when I was in the 7th grade, in Westport CT, with witnesses in the room, to meet with him in Manhattan and offered to take me shopping and buy me gifts and asked me if I would like to sleep with him overnight in his hotel in Manhattan after we went shopping.
His intent was clear and he was treating me like I was his girlfriend. I was in the 7th grade and he was in his forties.
I was really nervous and told him I’d have to ask my mom.
1987-1988 We moved from Westport to Fairfield Connecticut Hoydens Hill Lane or Road by the Black Rock Dam and Golf Course Red Farm House
**REPORTED BEN STEIN TO SCHOOL IN 1988 TOMLINSON MIDDLE SCHOOL, FAIRFIELD CT**
I believe I snapped sometime in Spring 1988 when I was 13-14 in the 8th grade at Tomlinson Middle school when my little sister was upset in the 7th grade and I didn’t want to leave our farmhouse in CT and my mother couldn’t find a job and I knew she was going to start conning people again. Weird people started living in our yard again.
I reported Ben Stein’s stalking behavior to my school in Connecticut a year later in 1988 at Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield, CT, because there was so much pain and trauma at home and my mother was so dangerous, I went to the guidance counselors at the school to tell them everything I knew about my mother’s illegal activities, arrests, police, child sexual abuse, Ben Stein and the trauma at home.
After I burst into the counselors office and told them everything, the guidance counselors from Tomlinson middle school took us (myself, age 13-14 and my little sister Nora 12-13) Got my little sister out of class around 1-3pm and drove us from Fairfield to a separate admin school building in Bridgeport, CT and were upset at what I had told them and what my little sister Nora had confirmed.
I think I told them everything and the counselors and psychiatrist tape recorded my Ben Stein story, the grooming, photos taken that started in Los Angeles and then we moved to Connecticut and he continued to pursue me and sent money to my mother and asked me on the phone to meet him in the city and spend the night with him in Manhattan after he took me shopping.
I believe I originally reported Ben Stein’s harassment in the 8th grade but due to the chaos at my home and now believe I had some sort of trauma and shock and denial going on at the time, we moved a few weeks later up to the woods in the Adirondacks and not sure what exactly I told them, but I think I told them everything including Ben Stein.
I remember my mom coming to pick us up at the counselors
office in Bridgeport and she was supposed to go back but we
moved right after that. I remember her yelling at me on the ride
home that it was my fault we had to move again but we were
already getting evicted from the farmhouse.
He contacted my mother via telephone at the Fairfield house and she spoke to him only at that house.
I only spoke to him a few times on the phone and the last time in CT is when he asked me to sleep with him.
I confronted Ben Stein later in California when I was 19 via telephone and he pretended like he didn’t remember me or my family after I met with Al Burton again sometime between 1993-1995 for another actor/producer meeting at his office on Miracle Mile when I was about 19-20 years old and lived in Valencia and was a waitress.
At the meeting on Miracle Mile office, Al Burton gave me Ben Stein’s phone number and told me to call him, I hung up the phone after confronting Ben Stein and that was the last time I spoke to him.
Everyone told me to let it go because he was really powerful in Hollywood and later on had his own game show on Comedy Central with Jimmy Kimmel.
June, 2016. At the urging of Allison Hope Weiner and after the phone call with Jim Clemente, I went to the Van Nuys Police station and reported to LAPD and filed a police report about Ben Stein’s child aggravation and exploitation in 1986 and 1987 to Detective
Brandstetter and Housefelder at the Van Nuys LAPD.
When the Elijah Wood comments last year came out in the media I contacted Jim Clemente again after a social media post, and asked him if I should go to the police and file a report because Alison Hope Weiner (a journalist and lawyer) saw my comment on social media about being mentally and spiritual ly violated by a celebrity pedophile when I was a child actor, she and said I needed to go to the police and file a report immediately.
So I called Jim and asked him if I needed to and he encouraged me to go to the police and tell them what happened. He said if there ever was a trial on another child assault case regarding Ben Stein, I would have to testify about my experience.
I read him my statement and then went in and met with Det. Brandstetter and think I spoke to a Det Housefelder, and they gave me a copy of the police report.
I don’t know why he didn’t tell me to go originally in 2014 when I told him about Ben Stein, I don’t think he is a bad person, Jim Clemente, I think he was busy and I have a really chaotic back story and he also gave me a quote for my book.
I don’t remember him telling me to go file a report when I told him in 2014, only that he would tell the FBI about Ben Stein.
At first I was hesitant and fearful to go to the LAPD and file an actual report because of the stress, risk to my new business/pet hotel, acting, my book, my friends and family, my reputation, stress, stress for my family’s reputation and also my personal safety dealing with a man of his status and predatory nature because he’s someone that stalked a 12 year old girl from a vulnerable, dysfunctional family.
I had finally found happiness in my life and pet sitting business and but because of what happened to me I knew I had to come forward about this horrible man and his behavior due to my conscience and what I discovered recently about him.
This year 2017
I have come forward publicly with his name and have tried to email all news outlets that he has worked for and also his wife is on the board of the California Children’s Law Center and works with vulnerable children.
I have emailed Leslie Hemioff and California Children’s Law Center where Alexandra Denman (Ben Stein’s wife) is on the board and have not heard back from them.
My sister Nora and most of my family relatives have recovered from growing up in a dysfunctional family, and will confirm what I have written and have become reputable characters and are productive, kind members of society.
All of us are triumphing over a lot
of problems and are survivors of enormous trauma of
growing up in a dysfunctional family.
I own a pet hotel and have a thriving, happy pet sitting business and live on an urban farm in LA and have 5 star reviews on Yelp for my business, Moon Dogs Urban Farm.
So far LAPD have done nothing and not responded to my new information regarding the child photos I found tagged overseas, and they said there is nothing they can do for my case because of the statue of limitations.
Jim Clemente and I had a falling out because I called him a sellout for writing the Paterno report after I found out about it in March of 2017 and he told me not to contact him again.
I wish him the best in his health and life and still believe that Joe Paterno knew those kids were getting raped and did nothing to stop it.
The FBI and the state of Connecticut can do something to stop Ben Stein and also open an investigation. They have not responded to my repeated attempts asking for help and guidance.
I have called the FBI twice and updated them. I have not had anyone call me back or give me a case number or any confirmation or even the names of the women I spoke to on the phone at the FBI’s office.
They will not give my any information on anything at all nor have asked to see the photos I’ve found on Facebook linking to Ben Stein’s account which have since been removed since I went public about him.
Connecticut has a 30 year law of some sort of child exploitation law of some sort but not sure and it would have to be filed this year because it happened in 1986-1987
I believe I reported this in 1988 to my school counselor’s office in Fairfield, CT in the 8th grade but the statue of limitations runs out this year, 2017. The Detective I spoke with,(female, I think her name was Serenity) in Westport, Connecticut told me this year, in Feb 2017, that I was not allowed to file a police report because no crime happened in CT, only in California and to focus on CA.
Please let me know the best way to proceed with this and making sure he doesn’t work with children and/or can harm any more kids.
Two people have come forward to me since I went public.