'I woke up and he was filming me'
Since sexual allegations have been made against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, increasing numbers of A-listers have come forward to condemn the producer and praise the alleged victims for speaking out.
Some have also been sharing their own accounts of sexual harassment, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Beckinsale and Angelina Jolie all being among those to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, and Academy Award winner Ben Affleck facing allegations of his own.
The latest A-lister to speak out about her own ‘terrifying’ experience is Blake Lively, who opened up about being sexually harassed by a former make up artist.
‘He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger,’ the 30-year-old actress explained to the LA Times. ‘I was sleeping one night on location and I woke up and he was filming me. I was clothed, but it was a very voyeuristic, terrifying thing to do.’
She continued: ‘Finally, after three months of complaining, they called me into my trailer and said, “We need to talk to you.” I thought, “Well finally, they’re going to do something about this man who I had to have touching me all day”. And they said, “Your dog left a poop behind the toilet in your dressing room and our janitor had to pick it up. And this is very serious and we can’t have this happen again.”’
She went on to explain that it got even worse when the make up artist was even given a letter of recommendation from the unit production manager to avoid ‘bad blood.’
‘It’s important that women are furious right now,’ Blake told The Hollywood Reporter before sharing her own experience. ‘It’s important that there is an uprising. It’s important that we don’t stand for this and that we don’t focus on one or two or three or four stories, it’s important that we focus on humanity in general and say, “That is unacceptable.”’