Blake Lively Speaks Up About "Terrifying" Sexual Harassment on Set
Published Oct 13, 2017As stories of sexual harassment and assault continue to flood out of Hollywood in the wake of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Blake Lively has detailed her own "terrifying" experience on set.
The actress previously told The Hollywood Reporter that she'd never had a negative encounter with Weinstein himself, but has now opened up to the L.A. Times about a make-up artist who sexually harassed her on the set of a project.
"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."
She goes on to reveal that despite reporting the inappropriate behaviour to producers, nothing was done.
"Finally," she said, "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.'"
Unfortunately, it turned out to be a meeting about a totally trivial and unrelated incident.
"They said, 'Your dog left a poop behind the toilet in your dressing room and our janitor had to pick it up," she recounted. "And this is very serious and we can't have this happen again.'"
Lively later took her harassment claims to a lawyer, and the make-up artist was subsequently removed from the project — though she notes that the offending employee was given a letter of recommendation to avoid any "bad blood."
In response to the Weinstein allegations, Lively previously told The Hollywood Reporter: "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.'"
Lively is the latest actress to detail her experience with sexual harassment in the industry, following the leads of Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne and Rose McGowan.
The Weinstein revelations have since generated discussion amongst men in Hollywood, as well, with actors like Rob Schneider, Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek sharing their own stories.