In her memoir, “In Pieces”, Sally Field has revealed that she was sexually abused by her stepfather Jock Mahoney a number of times in her adolescence. According to The New York Times, the Oscar-winning actor only opened up to her mother Margaret about being assaulted by the stuntman and actor, who went by the nickname Jocko, after she learned she had bagged the role of Mary Todd Lincoln in 2012’s “Lincoln”.
Field, 71, made dinner for her mother and poured her heart out. Next morning, her mother, even in her declining health, assured her that she would not be alone any longer in her pain.
In her book, the actor calls Mahoney “the Pied Piper with our family”.
“It would have been so much easier if I’d only felt one thing, if Jocko had been nothing but cruel and frightening. But he wasn’t. He could be magical...” she adds.
She says he frequently summoned her to his bedroom alone.
“I knew. I felt both a child, helpless, and not a child. Powerful. This was power. And I owned it. But I wanted to be a child and yet.”
Field says the abuse stopped after she turned 14. Her mother divorced Mahoney in 1968, and he died in 1989.
The “Norma Rae” star reveals she had sexual awakening in her late teens, which was followed by a secret abortion in Tijuana when she was 17.
She also goes on to elaborate about an encounter with the singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb in 1968, when, after they both smoked a joint filled with hash, she woke up to find him “on top of me, grinding away to another melody”.
The actor, however, told NYT that she did not think Webb had acted with “malicious intent ? I felt he was stoned out of his mind”.
Field was also in a relationship with her “Smokey and the Bandit” co-star Burt Reynolds, who recently passed away, aged 82.
She says she was trying to recreate a version of her relationship with her stepfather through Reynolds.
“I was somehow exorcising something that needed to be exorcised. I was trying to make it work this time.