Clint Eastwood Allegedly Made His Ex Sondra Locke Have Abortions While He Fathered Two Kids

Busayo Ogunjimi
Dec 15, 2021
02:30 P.M.
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American actor Clint Eastwood has been involved in multiple relationships in his lifetime, including with actress Sondra Locke, who claimed he made her have abortions. 

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From the mid-'70s to the late '80s, actress Sondra Locke and actor Clint Eastwood were in a relationship. Locke was a beautiful, sexy, charismatic performer and starred alongside Eastwood in several hit movies.

While they wowed audiences with their starring performances in, Eastwood and Locke became trapped in what is now one of Hollywood's most notoriously toxic relationships

Picture of actress Sondra Locke [left]. Picture of actor Clint Eastwood and actress Sondra Locke [right] | Photo: Getty Images

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Eastwood and Locke became romantically involved in 1975 while filming "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and eventually moved into a Bel Air mansion. 

Soon after they started seeing each other, he walked out on his wife, Maggie Johnson, whom he had been married to for 25 years. Nine years into living with Locke, Eastwood divorced Johnson, with who he shared two children, Kyle and Alison. 

Clint Eastwood attends the "Richard Jewell" Atlanta Screening at Rialto Center of the Arts on December 10, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo: Getty Images

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Locke was also married to a gay sculptor, Gordon Leigh Anderson, with whom she had a platonic relationship. However, she and Anderson never divorced, and their relationship remained legal while she dated Eastwood. 

Eastwood and Locke dated for 13 years, but they were tumultuous years riddled with controversy. The actress wrote about her relationship with Eastwood in her book "The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly: A Hollywood Journey." 

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In the book, Locke gave a personal account of her relationship with Eastwood and recalled how he manipulated her career and personality. She also wrote about her spiritual journey out of a destructive relationship. 

In the book, Locke claimed Eastwood made her have two abortions. His reason for doing so was that having kids would not fit into their lifestyle. 

Clint Eastwood at Beverly Hills on January 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

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Locke also detailed how Eastwood insisted she should use a natural method of birth control. However, the technique ended up failing twice. 

In an excerpt of the book provided by The Sun, Locke disclosed that Eastwood complained of the Intrauterine Device (IUD), saying it was uncomfortable for him. She also wrote

"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."

Sondra Locke on June 22, 2005 in West Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

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She described the method taught at the special clinic as the same "rhythm" system that has been used historically to determine a woman's fertile days when she wants to get pregnant. The method can also be used to avoid pregnancy. 

Besides being taught the method, Locke was constantly monitored with regular pregnancy checks. She described the entire process as being awkward as it entailed having her temperature checked every morning and marking the calendar. 

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Despite the method's demanding nature, it failed as Locke got pregnant twice. However, Eastwood made her abort the babies on both occasions. 

She revealed that she had two abortions and a sterilization operation called ligation while dating Eastwood, who she called "Daddy."

Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke at Adriano's restaurant on January 14, 1982 | Photo: Getty Images

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Eastwood and Locke's relationship eventually hit the rocks after he fathered two children without her knowledge with Jacelyn Reeves in the 1980s. 

In 1989, she filed a palimony lawsuit against him; it included A $1.5 million settlement and a three-year contract to develop and direct movies at Warner Bros.  

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Locke was undergoing chemotherapy after a double mastectomy when they made the deal. However, Warner Bros. did not accept any of her 30 pitched projects. Also, the studio did not hire her to take charge of any of its in-house projects. 

Locke believed Eastwood had secretly financed the "bogus" deal, which eventually caused her career to hit a dead end. Hence, she sued him again in 1995 for fraud, intentional interference with her ability to earn a living, and breaching his financial duty to her. 

Clint Eastwood pointing a gun while Sandra Locke watches in a scene from the movie 'Bronco Billy', 1980 | Photo: Getty Images

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Eastwood and Locke had a two-week trial that made headlines in Hollywood. The actor and Warner Bros. executives testified in the case. 

However, it eventually ended with an out-of-court settlement though jurors were reportedly set to decide in her favor. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

After the settlement, Locke told reporters that she did not have to worry about working. Locke also said her suit was never about the money but about fighting for her professional rights. 

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After the second trial, Locke only appeared in three movies, "Clean and Narrow," "The Prophet's Game," and "Ray Meets Helen," which she executive produced. She also executive produced "Knock Knock," which starred Keanu Reeves. 

Locke, an Oscar-nominated actress, died at 74 on November 3, 2018, at her home in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest that stemmed from breast and bone cancer. 

Picture of Sondra Locke, circa 1990 | Photo: Getty Images

One can only wonder if she would have been better off if she had avoided the relationship with Eastwood. Whatever the case, she still had a remarkable career worthy of mention.

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