Blake Lively has joined the list of celebrities—from Angelina Jolie to Terry Crews—who have opened up about their own experiences of sexual harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. While discussing sexual harassment in Hollywood in an interview with the LA Times, the actress recalled being “regularly harassed” by a makeup artist she once worked with.
“He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger,” she told the 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.”
Lively said she reported the issue to the producers on the project but nothing was done. According to her, she complained for three months before the producers finally met with her in her trailer—to discuss an unrelated topic.
“I thought, ‘Well finally, they’re going to do something about this man who I had to have touching me all day,'” she continued. “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.”
Afterwards, the actress got her lawyer involved, an investigation took place, and the makeup artist was removed from the project. But one production manager still wrote him a recommendation letter “because nobody wanted there to be bad blood,” Lively noted.
The actress also directly responded to the reports of Weinstein’s alleged harassment earlier this week. “It’s important that women are furious right now,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “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, ‘This is unacceptable.'”
Lively has known Weinstein “for quite some time,” THR reports, but she assured her time with the producer did not, “in any way whatsoever,” include experiences of sexual harassment. Other women, however, were not so lucky.
The New York Times first reported last Thursday that Weinstein had a decades-long history of alleged sexual harassment. On Tuesday, NYT published accounts from some of his accusers, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie. That same day, The New Yorker also shared stories from multiple women alleging the film mogul sexually harassed or assaulted them. Actress Rose McGowan also claimed on Twitter on Thursday night that Weinstein raped her.
A Weinstein spokesperson responded to the allegations in the New Yorker article with the statement: “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances. Mr. Weinstein obviously can’t speak to anonymous allegations, but with respect to any women who have made allegations on the record, Mr. Weinstein believes that all of these relationships were consensual. Mr. Weinstein has begun counseling, has listened to the community and is pursuing a better path. Mr. Weinstein is hoping that, if he makes enough progress, he will be given a second chance.”
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