Robin Williams’ Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber says that he repeatedly groped and flashed her, but that she didn’t mind.
“I had the grossest things done to me by him,” said Dawber, who played Mindy. “And I never took offense. I mean I was flashed, humped, bumped, grabbed. I think he probably did it to a lot of people … but it was so much fun.”
- Williams would also wrestle her, appear on-set naked and break wind on her, but she says it was part of his playful personality. These new revelations are coming via a biography of Williams by New York Times scribe Dave Itzkoff, set to be published in May.
- “If you put it on paper you would be appalled,” said Dawber, 66. “But somehow he had this guileless little thing that he would do – those sparkly eyes. He’d look at you, really playful, like a puppy, all of a sudden. And then he’d grab your tits and then run away. And somehow he could get away with it. It was the 70s, after all.”
- “It was just Robin being Robin,” said Howard Storm, who directed Mork & Mindy. Often Williams groped Dawber because he was “bored”, he said: “He’d be doing a paragraph and in the middle of it he would just turn and grab her a–. Or grab a breast. And we’d start again. I’d say, ‘Robin, there’s nothing in the script that says you grab Pam’s ass.’ And he’d say: ‘Oh, OK.’’’
- The show’s producer, Garry Marshall, also recalled: “He would take all his clothes off, he would be standing there totally naked and she was trying to act. His aim in life was to make Pam Dawber blush.”
- Williams committed suicide in 2014 after a long history of depression and drug addiction.