Blake Lively’s Terrifying Sexual Harassment Experience: Filmed While Sleeping
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Blake Lively is telling her “terrifying” experience with sexual harassment involving a makeup artist.
Lively was allegedly sexually harassed by a makeup artist, who she says even filmed her while she was sleeping. She told the Los Angeles 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.”
On a separate occasion, Blake claimed, "He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger.”
After an unsuccessful discussion with producers, Lively spoke to a lawyer about her sexual harassment complaints. The makeup artist was eventually removed from the project, but that didn't stop him from working again. She said, "Our unit production manager wrote him a letter of recommendation because nobody wanted there to be bad blood.”
Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne and Kate Beckinsale are some of the big names to open up about their experiences with disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of systematically harassing and coercing women sexually. He has been accused of rape by Rose McGowan and Asia Argento.
Of the allegations against Weinstein, Blake told The Hollywood Reporter, "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,” the 30-year-old emphasized. "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.'”