More evidence that Carrie Fisher was one of the most badass females in Hollywood: The "Star Wars" actress once delivered a cow tongue to an Oscar-winning producer who allegedly sexually assaulted her friend.
One of Fisher's longtime pals, Heather Ross, told Tucson, Arizona, radio station 94.9 Mix FM last week that the star stuck up for her after being sexually assaulted by the producer -- who Ross did not name, but did mention was an Oscar winner.
"Carrie sent me a message online and she said, 'I just saw blank at Sony studios,'" Ross said. "'I knew [the producer] would probably be there, so I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany's box wrapped with the white bow.' And I asked her, 'OK, what was inside?'"
According to Ross, Fisher responded, "It was a cow tongue from Jerry's Famous Deli with a note that said, 'If you ever touch my darling Heather or any other woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box.'"
Ross, a producer of TV series "Who Do You Think You Are," met Fisher through a chat room online in her early days in Hollywood. She described herself as "overweight," which made her feel "safe" from sexual assault, but her experience proves otherwise.
"He picked me up in Westwood and within two minutes... he pulls the car over... he reaches over and grabs the handle of the chair -- the passenger seat -- and flips me backwards and all of a sudden he is on top of me," Ross said. "He has his right hand that was busy, and his left hand was on my chest by neck holding me down."
"It happened literally within seconds. I mean, it was so fast that I was thinking there's no way that this is happening right now," she continued. "First of all, I'm fat, why is this dude doing this to me? And I know that is a horrible thing to say, but I thought I was safe. I thought I was protected by not being attractive."
"And then he said, 'You'll never make a movie in my town and get the F out of my car,' and I literally ran, because I didn't know what this guy was going to do with me," Ross added.
Ross described Fisher as a "mother figure," but even the Hollywood icon with a reputation for being blunt was scared to say something at first, too.
"When I told her about this, I sent her a message ... she was very protective of me and more scared for my safety than anything." But Fisher's fear "wore off about two weeks later," Ross said, and that's when she made her move, which is not all that different from a mafia intimidation tactic.
"That's just how she was, and I miss her dearly. She stood up for people," Ross said.
Ross isn't alone. Fisher's strong voice is one that is sorely missed as the conversation about rampant sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood continues to grow every day.
"It happens all the time," Ross said when the host asked how "pervasive" the problem is. "There's a very well-known director who I have been friends with for a long time -- I thought that he was amazing. I got a message from somebody who said, 'Hey I just wanted you to know that I appreciate you speaking up, and [the director] raped me and you should know about it.' People are feeling safe now to come forward."