Several celebrities, both male and female, have been opening up about their own accounts of sexual harassment in the wake of the massive the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Former Gossip Girl star Blake Lively has now made claims of her own terrifying incident, where she reveals that she was once sexually harassed by a makeup artist who used to film her while she slept.
She opened up about the alleged experience to the Los Angeles Times, where she went into detail about the horrible things he would do to her.
“He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger,” she revealed.
“I was sleeping one night on location and I woke up and he was filming me,” Blake continued, “I was clothed, but it was a very voyeuristic, terrifying thing to do.”
Blake said that she told producers about the incident, but nothing happened after she spoke out. She was then approached about a much different incident, this time about her dog defecating behind a toilet in her dressing room.
She said producers told her, “‘This is very serious and we can’t have this happen again.” Were they deflecting from what was really going on?
She then took her sexual harassment complaints to a lawyer, which opened up an investigation that caused the makeup artist to be removed from the project. Regardless of his removal, she says that it doesn’t prevent him from working in the industry. “Our unit production manager wrote him a letter of recommendation because nobody wanted there to be bad blood,” she said.
Blake did speak out to The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week about the Harvey Weinstein scandal, saying "That was never my experience with Harvey in any way whatsoever, and I think that if people heard these stories… I do believe in humanity enough to think that this wouldn’t have just continued. I never heard any stories like this — I never heard anything specific — but it’s devastating to hear.”
“It’s important that women are furious right now. 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,” she continued.
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