‘Jane the Virgin’ star shares his own experience of sexual harassment
Jane The Virgin’s Justin Baldoni has had his own experiences with sexual harassment in Hollywood, according to an interview with Glamour.
The allegations stem to when Baldoni was 21 years old, a time when he was “very new in the business.”
He received a spa certificate as a gift from his girlfriend after he did his first show, and so he visited the day spa, Burke Williams, in West Hollywood.
“I remember there were hot tubs and steam rooms and all kinds of stuff, and it’s kind of fancier people, wealthier guys. I went and jumped in the hot tub and I saw a guy kind of look over,” Baldoni told the magazine.
“I saw him look over at me, jump out of the other hot tub, and jump in with me, and he said, ‘Oh what do you do?’ And I said, ‘Oh I’m an actor,’ and he said, ‘Oh I’m a producer,’ and he started talking about all of the movies he’s done and all the people he knows. He’s friends with Clooney, Cheadle, and this person and this person, and he slowly started to try to get me to take off my pants because I had my bathing suit on and he was naked.”
Baldoni said he thought about the offer, but decided to leave the situation. In the interview, he spoke about how difficult it would’ve been for a woman in the same predicament.
“I mean I was stronger and bigger than the guy, and [then there’s] the fact that no one is going to believe you if you’re a woman because your voice is already not heard,” he added.
It’s not the only incident: The actor also alleges he’s been inappropriately grabbed by “women of power” multiple times.
These revelations came following Baldoni’s appearance at the TEDWomen conference in New Orleans, where he did a talk on toxic masculinity called “Why I’m Done Trying To Be Man Enough.”