In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations (opens in new tab) against Harvey Weinstein, many celebrities are coming forward (opens in new tab) to speak about their experience with sexual harassment in Hollywood—including Blake Lively.
In an interview with The L.A. Times (opens in new tab), the actress said she had been harassed by a makeup artist on set of an unnamed movie—and the story is incredibly disturbing. She even woke up one night to see him filming her.
"He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger," she said. "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 complained to producers for three months before they called her into their offices. She thought they were going to address her concerns, and instead they complained about her dog having an accident on the floor.
"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.'"
Lively ended up having to hire her own lawyer who successfully had the MUA removed from production, but—prepare to be incredibly disappointed—he still got a free pass. "Our unit production manager wrote him a letter of recommendation because nobody wanted there to be bad blood."
This is what women in every industry are dealing with on a daily basis. How many more stories like this until men take us seriously?
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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