In the most recent episode of Fosse Verdon, TV viewers learn that Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse was a victim of sexual assault. By two aggressive female burlesque dancers. This scene occurred when he and some male friends shared stories of losing their virginity. And though Fosse shares the experience with the guys, it’s apparent to TV viewers that this occurred without his consent. He was a teenager at the time.
“I was just sitting there minding my own business – and they took turns with me,” he said.
I’m paraphrasing with the quotes but the message was clear. He was assaulted.
Before you feel too sorry for him, keep in mind a young female dancer had to make him kiss the pavement to ward off his sexual advances. And Bob Fosse was nearly as well known for his womanizing as his multiple creative pursuits.
What if his assault by the aggressive female burlesque dancers had gone to trial? Here’s what I’d say to the jury:
“Does a man’s erection constitute sexual consent?”
It does NOT! Just because it’s standing at attention it doesn’t mean it’s ready for battle!
Fosse’s mistress Ann Reinking and his wife Gwen Verdon ( whom he never divorced) were actually great friends with each other.
Yes, really !