Sandra Locke's relationship with Clint Eastwood was a very toxic one, and he hurt her in more ways than one could bear.
Clint Eastwood's relationship with Sandra Locke was known to be a toxic one. Several reports show that their relationship was a tumultuous one and nowhere close to perfect. Locke opened up about her unpleasant experience with the veteran actor during an interview with PEOPLE. "Humiliation, mental anguish... severe emotional and physical distress and... mental and physical harm," said Locke, describing her relationship with Eastwood. Eastwood and Locke met at the sets of the film, The Outlaw Josey Wales in 1975, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The couple then moved into a Bel-Air mansion and the two of them spent the next 14 years together.
However, their relationship was nothing like Locke had imagined it to be. She revealed that she was forced to undergo two abortions by Eastwood. According to The Sun, she said Eastwood, whom she called "Daddy", strongly believed that the lifestlye they led was not suitable for kids. It was also revealed that she had undergone a sterilization surgery, also known as 'Tubal Ligation' while she was with Eastwood. In her book, The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey, the actress opened up about her life with Eastwood, adding that it was a completely controlled and monitored one.
She wrote about how Eastwood forced her to use a "natural" birth control method as he didn't have faith in pills. Sadly, the natural method failed as well, and she found herself pregnant twice. "Clint complained of the IUD – it was uncomfortable for him, he said. And he too was not in favor of birth control pills, so he suggested a special clinic at Cedars Hospital where they taught a 'natural' method of birth control'," wrote the 74-year-old in her book. She continued, "It was the same 'rhythm' system that historically has been used to determine the fertile days for those who are attempting to achieve pregnancy."
"Of course, it could be used for the opposite results as well. Not only was I taught their method but I was constantly monitored with regular pregnancy checks." Though she did not feel particularly comfortable about these things, she gave in to her partner's demands. "The whole process was awkward and entailed taking my temperature every morning and marking the calendar, etc. It was demanding and ultimately it had failed twice," stated the actress in her book. Because her birth control methods failed her twice, Locke was left with no choice but to get abortions both those times.
Though the relationship wasn't completely smooth-sailing, they were still together. However, she unearthed a secret that left her shattered. While she knew a Clint Eastwood who did not want children at all, she found out that he was, in fact, the father of two children. He was cheating on Locke with Jacelyn Reeves. Soon enough their relationship turned sour, but it got so ugly and their separation was a messy affair.
Eastwood locked the actress out of their mansion while she was away at work. He got all their locks changed and shifted all her possessions including her clothes, car, and parrot into a storage facility inaccessible to her, according to Radar Online. The actor is said to have even appointed a guard to keep Locke out of the property. She then received a letter about what had happened when she was at work. She then went on to file a lawsuit against Eastwood.
Unfortunately, she was diagnosed with breast cancer during the lawsuit and eventually ended the case with a settlement which included $1.5 million and a three-year contract to work with Warner Bros. However, the deal didn't go through and she accused Eastwood of meddling with her career. In 1995, she sued the actor of breaching his financial duty to her and also claimed he interfered in her making her own money. In 1996, the case was settled for $2.5 million. But, she confirmed that the case was not for the money. "The suit was never about money, it was about my fighting for my professional rights," said the actress. She said it was a happy ending after "five years of torture." She finally bid farewell to the world in 2018.