Molly Shannon claims she had to 'fling' a'relentless' Gary Coleman off her

Molly Shannon claims she had to 'fling' a'relentless' Gary Coleman off her ...

Molly Shannon, a former "Saturday Night Live" comic, recalls meeting child actor Gary Coleman early in her career and having to "fling" him off.

According to Shannon, their mutual agent introduced her to the late "Diff'rent Strokes" star, and she was very excited to be introduced to the iconic character.

On Tuesday's 'The Howard Stern Show,' he held my hand and I, as he like, he's so cute and he had a suit on, and he told me I reminded him of Kimberly.

Coleman was rated first on a list of VH1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars" but had a condition known as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, an autoimmune disease. As a result, Coleman ceased growing at a height of four feet-8. In 2010, he died.

Shannon, 57, never said when she met him. According to the Shaker, Ohio, native, she was introduced to Coleman in a hotel, where Coleman provided a luxurious suite.

Shannon said she was a virgin at the time and hadn't crossed her mind about Coleman's sexual orientation.

She, Coleman, and their agent all retreated to the room, according to Shannon, before their agent disappeared.

According to Shannon, Coleman sat next to her on a bed and started tickling, then grinning her.

He was kinda crazy, she said. But then he was attempting to kiss me and get on top of me and I was like, You know Gary, stop, and I was removing him.

According to Shannon, she recalls a bizarre encounter in Coleman's dialysis machine. What Coleman lacked in height, and how he made up for was his perseverance.

So, I push him off. Then, I would get off the bed. Then, he would bounce on the bed.

According to Shannon, Coleman was jumping on the mattress and trying to keep his wrap around her.

"I'd fling him off and then he got on top of me," she said. "I guess because of his size I wasn't physically susceptible. But... it was going on and on."

Shannon said that the relationship with their agent was still in place for a while.

"I was actually getting out of breath because it was athletic and aerobic," Stern tells the narrator.

Shannon said she tried escaping into the hotel room's bathroom while Coleman clinging onto her ankles. After she broke free, he reportedly stuck his hands under the door and said, "I am sorry."

In her new memoir, "Hello, Molly," Shannon writes about the incident. She tells Stern that she eventually made it out of the hotel without being injured, but told her agent to keep an eye on Coleman.

Coleman was charged in 1998 with assaulting a female fan who he was involved in in an altercation while working that job. A year later, he filed for bankruptcy.

Coleman had future run-ins with the law before dying of a head injury in 2010.

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