Sharon Stone tearfully says she lost a fortune ‘because of this bank’

Sharon Stone may have been a victim of the Silicon Valley Bank scandal.

The actor gave a galvanizing speech Thursday to encourage donations while accepting the Courage Award at a fundraiser for the Women’s Cancer Research Fund. She started crying at some point during her speech.

“I’m a technical idiot, but I can do a fucking check,” Stone told the audience, according to “Entertainment Tonight.” “And right now it’s also courage, because I know what’s going on. I just lost half my money on this banking thing, and that doesn’t mean I’m not here.

It’s unclear exactly what the “banking affair” Stone was referring to — whether it had to do with the Silicon Valley Bank failure, the resulting stock market crash, or something else. The regional lender collapsed in two days after a classic bank run last week in which many customers withdrew their deposits. (BuzzFeed, HuffPost’s parent company, did business with SVB.)

Stone, 65, was honored for raising awareness about breast cancer. She addressed a crowd at the Beverly Wilshire Ballroom in Beverly Hills, Calif., which included Rebel Wilson, Maria Bello and Lori Laughlin. During her remarks, Stone chronicled her own past health issues.

Sharon Stone tearfully encouraged a crowd to donate to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund on Thursday, while describing what she said were her financial losses in “this banking affair”.

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“These mammograms are no fun,” Stone said, per “ET.” “And for someone like me who was told I had breast cancer because I had a tumor bigger than my breast and they were sure I couldn’t have a tumor without it either cancer, it wasn’t.”

“But I went to the hospital saying, ‘If you cut me open and it’s cancer, please take both of my breasts,’ because I’m not a person defined by my breasts” , she continued. “You know, that might sound funny coming from me since you all looked like them.”

Stone recently revealed that she underwent breast reconstruction surgery in 2001 after doctors discovered “gigantic” tumors, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She urged the crowd to never “don’t get a mammogram, don’t get a blood test, don’t have surgery.”

The evening reportedly ended with a performance by Maroon 5, whose members donated proceeds to the night’s cause. Stone, whose brother died recently at 57, concluded her speech in her honor – and with a rallying cry to fight for women’s rights.

“My brother just died, and that doesn’t mean I’m not here,” she said. “It’s not an easy time for any of us… but I’m telling you what, I’m not asking a politician to tell me what I can and can’t do.”

“Then get up,” she said. “I challenge you. That’s courage.”


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