Blake Lively shares harassment story in light of Weinstein accusations
In light of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, more and more women and men in Hollywood are discussing producers and people in power who harassed and manipulated them.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Blake Lively said she was harassed by an unnamed makeup artist she worked with in the past. When she reported him to the producers, they did nothing.
After Lively took legal action, he was removed from the project and still got a letter of recommendation.
“He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger,” Lively recalled in her Times interview. “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.”
“After three months of complaining, they called me into my trailer and said, ‘We need to talk to you,'” she explained. “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.’”
It was this dismissal from the producers that prompted Lively to get a lawyer, but she still spent more than three months on a project with someone who made her uncomfortable and had to work in a close proximity with him every day.
With Weinstein fired and a mounting investigation into his cases of alleged sexual assault or harassment (and counting), the entertainment industry is under harsh scrutiny to clean house. As high-profile entertainers come forward with personal stories or to support the women accusing Weinstein and others like him, the onus is on those within the industry — and all of us — to take sexual harassment complaints seriously.