'Room 1219' delves into film legend Fatty Arbuckle's SF scandal
GM Surprisingly, it wasn't hard to find out information about her. She was putting herself out there in the papers, doing interviews when she was a model and a costume designer, and I was able to find out so much about her story.
As for why she was treated so poorly, I think both sides just used her during the case. The press built her up as this innocent, and then the defense did the opposite. Decades afterwards, no one stood up for her, and she was called a slut or a prostitute or whatever. The case was eventually, essentially, blamed on her.
SFBG Why do you think history has distorted so many of the facts of this case?
GM I think the rumors were probably so spectacular that they eventually sort of replaced the facts. Now, when I talk to people, most haven't heard of Fatty Arbuckle. Or if they have, they only know that he supposedly raped someone with a bottle. That story just took off, and now it seems to be the only thing people know about this case. It's incredible, because he was the second-biggest movie star at the time after Charlie Chaplin. People ask me, "Can you imagine a scandal being this big today?" It's really hard to imagine someone so hugely popular being accused of murder today. O.J. Simpson wasn't Fatty Arbuckle, you know. It just doesn't compare. *
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