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Actress Tippi Hedren is shown, in 1964. (AP Photo)

The star of 'The Birds' said Alfred Hitchcock sexually assaulted her

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Tippi Hedren, who starred in the Alfred Hitchcock classics "The Birds" and "Marnie," wrote in an upcoming memoir that Hitchcock sexually assaulted her while making the former film, the New York Post reports.

Hedren, now 86, said he tried to forcibly kiss her while they were in his limo. She said there was little she thought she could do, since "sexual harassment and stalking were terms that didn't exist." 

It was sexual, it was perverse. The harder I fought him, the more aggressive he became.
Tippi Hedren

Hitchcock did not stop when Hedren returned to film "Marnie" the next year, she writes.

Hedren says Hitchcock ruined her career, but "I never gave him the power to ruin my life."

Hedren's memoir, "Tippi," releases Tuesday. 

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Film director Alfred Hitchcock is seen in 1968. (AP Photo)

Hitchcock was an iconic horror movie director known as the "Master of Suspense."  He directed more than fifty films, winning two Golden Globes and five lifetime achievement awards. 

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