Blake Lively has claimed that she was sexually harassed by a make-up artist while filming a past project.
The actress has opened up about her own struggles with sexual harassment, after several female celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie came forward following allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein.
The 30-year-old told the Los Angeles Times, “He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger.”
“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.”
Even when after Blake informed producers about the terrifying incident, she said that the man in question was removed from the project, but hadn’t been punished.
The former Gossip Girl star’s comments came after Blake chose to break her silence on the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
“That was never my experience with Harvey in any way whatsoever,” Blake told The Hollywood Reporter.
“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.
“The number one thing that can happen is that people who share their stories, people have to listen to them and trust them, and people have to take it seriously.
“As important as it is to remain furious about this, it’s important to also say that this exists everywhere so remember to look everywhere. This isn’t a single incident. This cannot happen, this should not happen, and it happens in every single industry.”
“It happens to women all over the place, all the time, to the point where women don’t even think that this is a real assault.”
I’ve had plenty of things happen to me whether it be trying on a dress for prom at some clothing store, to a director being inappropriate, to a guy walking down the street where you don’t think, ‘Oh well, that wasn’t actually sexual assault — this guy just, like, grabbed my butt.'”
“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, ‘This is unacceptable.'”
On Sunday, Harvey was fired from The Weinstein company, three days after the New York Times published a story about allegations of sexual misconduct stretching back over a decade.