Victims of Sexual Harassments Who Kept Secrets For Too Long: Lynda Carter, Natalie Portman and 8 Other TOP Hollywood Actresses
After the first allegation toward Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood will never be the same.
The latest woman who joined the #MeToo campaign was Lynda Carter, who was sexually abused while playing Wonder Woman in the iconic ’70s TV show.
Here is the (incomplete) list of most famous actresses and actor who broke the silence after decades of keeping their heartbreaking stories in secret.
Lynda Carter, 66, said she was sexually abused while playing Wonder Woman in the iconic ’70s TV show.
Carter refused to name names or provide details about the worst of her abusers. Because “he’s already being done in. There’s no advantage in piling on again,” she said. According to the interviewer, she then added emphatically: “I believe every woman in the Bill Cosby case.”
“I can’t add anything to it,” she said. “I wish I could. But there’s nothing legally I could add to it, because I looked into it. I’m just another face in the crowd.”
But he was only one of the many #MeToo experiences Carter survived throughout her career as a young actress. On the very set of Wonder Woman, for instance, she said she discovered that a cameraman had drilled a hole into her dressing room.
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In an interview to CNBC, Hawn, 72, said that sexual harassment has “been there forever”, reports Telegraph.
“I had some horrible experiences as a young dancer in New York City. I mean I’ll top all of them,” she said.
The First Wives Club star said that she was lucky that her circumstances were tempered by her upbringing.
“I had a very strong mom, a very strong dad and I had a lot of resilience and I really knew who I was, and you know the answer was always no I’ll never get a job like that. A lot of girls don’t,” she said.
Hawn said that one of the “attacks” took place in “a dark room” and she had “to wiggle get your way out of it”.
Although Hawn said that sexual harassment in the industry stretched back decades, the actress said that current events were due to an entitlement that is “partially an illness”.
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in a new interview with Porter magazine, she explained that she’s been diving more and more into her own past experiences as a result of it.
“I went from thinking, ‘I don’t have a story’ to ‘Oh, wait, I have 100 stories,'” she said. “And I think a lot of people are having these reckonings with themselves, of things that we just took for granted as, like, this part of the process.”
One incident she recalled in particular involved a flight on a private plane with an unnamed producer who tried to make a pass at Portman.
It took almost four decades for Mirren to come forward with an uncomfortable casting incident that occurred in 1964. During an interview with Channel4 in 2007, Mirren said that director Michael Winner treated her like “a piece of meat” during an audition, and forced her to show off her body.
“Even if they hadn’t done the kind of work that I’ve done, it was incredibly insulting. I was so angry, I was so angry – I still am,” she said.
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In an interview with CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” Stone alluded to experiencing sexual harassment during her decades-long acting career.
“I’ve been in this business for 40 years, Lee,” Stone said to interviewer Lee Cowan. “Can you imagine the business I stepped into 40 years ago?
“Looking like I look, from Nowhere, Pennsylvania? I didn’t come here with any protection. I’ve seen it all.”
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Hayek recently came forward about her experience with Weinstein during the filming of Frida.
“The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet-talking me to that one time when, in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” Salma Hayek wrote on her New York Times article.
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Olivia Munn and five other women have come forward with sexual harassment and misconduct allegations against “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner.
In an exposé released by the Los Angeles Times, Munn, 37, said in 2004 she visited the set of Ratner’s movie “After the Sunset” and he exposed himself and masturbated in front of her during a short encounter in his trailer.
Model Ashley Graham told The View about being sexually harassed on a photoshoot set when she was 17. An unnamed assistant on the shoot pushed her into a closet and exposed himself, she said.
“He said, ‘Look at what you did to me all day long, now touch it,’” Graham recalled.
“I just prayed that no one would find out,” Graham continued. “Because if they found out that he did that to me, I thought ‘I’m never going to get hired for a job again. I’m going to be the difficult model, nobody’s going to want to work with me again.”
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The Big Little Lies and Twin Peaks actress opened up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in Hollywood, including how she had dismissed misconduct in the past.
“It was my mom who said, ‘No, no, no, Laura. That was sexual assault. That was harassment, that was assault. No, you were 14 then,’” Dern told DeGeneres.
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Jennifer Lawrence gave a speech in which she described her “degrading and humiliating” experiences with producers and casting directors. Lawrence said that, early on in her career, she had been instructed to lose “15 pounds in two weeks”—a practically impossible and definitely unhealthy feat—to get (and keep) apart.
“During this time, a female producer had me do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me,” she said. “We stood side by side with only paste-ons covering our privates.”
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