Actress Geena Davis says she wasn’t immune to influential figures abusing their power.
In an interview Friday, the gender equality advocate and “Thelma & Louise” star revealed to USA Today she too was subject to sexual misconduct by powerful men early in her career.
“I was auditioning for a part where in one scene, my character was going to be sitting on the lap of the male character,” she told the outlet in an interview Friday. "The director said, ‘Just act the scene out with me,’ and made me sit on his lap. It was kind of a sexy scene. I didn’t want to do it, and I was very uncomfortable, but I didn’t know you could say no.”
Hollywood — like many institutions — has taken several hits since 2017 insofar as sexual assault allegations, most of which came to light following the downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey shortly thereafter.
Davis, who founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, acknowledges that such actions would likely be received differently “in the time of #MeToo and Time’s Up.”
Now, she hopes, “Women aren’t going to have to suffer through that. It’s pretty standard that you don’t meet alone with a man in a private room or hotel suite anymore, but plenty of that stuff goes on and has gone on for a long time.”
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