The Mickey Mouse Club’s third run between 1989 and 1996 produced a lot of stars: Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell, and others all went on to do huge things as did many of their castmates. But Jan Kolfage is a name that dwindled from memory when the show ended.
Kolfage says that she “couldn’t go on” in the acting world all thanks to a guest appearance by Alec Baldwin in 1994.
“He stopped by my dressing room to wish me good luck and gave me a hug,” Kolfage, who was 12 at the time, told Vanity Fair in an interview published Sunday. “Then I felt his hands slide down my back, then farther down.”
“Then he kissed me. I didn’t know what to do, so I let him but it was the most uncomfortable and terrifying moment of my life,” she said of Baldwin’s sexual attack. Baldwin was 25 at the time and was just getting his start in the acting world.
Kolfage says he stopped by her dressing room after the show, but she hid so he would think he was gone. For months he sent her flowers and words of encouragement as well as expensive gifts even though she told him — a grown man– that she — a child — was not interested.
The harassment continued “for years,” says Kolfage, who says she still has many of the letters.
“My parents went to police multiple times, but they said there wasn’t enough evidence,” Kolfage says. “It basically got swept under the rug.”
Kolfage is suing Baldwin for $47 million for emotional distress.