Blake Lively Says She Was Sexually Harassed By A Makeup Artist & The Story Is So Upsetting
The recent allegations of sexual assault and harassment surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have other stars speaking out about their own experiences. Among the stories coming to light is one from Blake Lively, who claims she was sexually harassed by a makeup artist. The details are beyond upsetting.
The New York Times first broke the story about Weinstein, with allegations from various women who claim Weinstein assaulted or harassed them in the past. In response to the article and allegations, Weinstein released a statement to the public that said:
Further, Weinstein's spokeswoman, Sallie Hofmeister, provided the following statement to Elite Daily in response to previous accusations:
Weinstein has reportedly traveled to Arizona to check into rehab, but the reports of assault and harassment have prompted others to speak up about their own personal experiences in the industry.
Among those is Lively, who claims to have been harassed by a makeup artist, the details of which she calls “terrifying.”
Lively told the LA Times:
According to the report, Lively was so freaked out by the incident that she reported the man to the producers of the project. She claims they did nothing about the makeup artist, but did call on her to discuss, of all things, her dog. She said:
Understandably bothered by the lack of action in response to her harassment claims, Lively says she discussed the matter with her lawyer and, eventually, the makeup artist was removed from the project.
Despite the allegations and removal from the film, Lively notes that the production manager still “wrote him a letter of recommendation” because “nobody wanted there to be bad blood.”
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Lively discussed the current allegations against Weinstein, explaining: “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.”
She added: “I never heard any stories like this — I never heard anything specific — but it's devastating to hear."
The actress touched on why sharing these stories is so important, explaining:
As for her own personal experience with harassment, the actress noted: “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."
Lively further noted how “it’s important that women are furious right now,” explaining:
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