Amid industry-wide uproar surrounding the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, Blake Lively has stepped forward with a story of her own. The actor spoke about her experiences with a makeup artist who continued to harass her for months despite her complaints.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, Lively said, “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,” she continued, “I was clothed, but it was a very voyeuristic, terrifying thing to do.”
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Lively said she complained to the producers, but to no avail. After months of enduring harassment, she was summoned by the producers. Thinking that her complaints were finally going to be addressed, she was told that the reason for the meeting wasn’t the makeup artist, but that her dog had pooped in a trailer. “This is very serious and we can’t have this happen again,” she was told.
Lively then took the matter to her lawyers, and the makeup artist was fired – but not without a letter of recommendation.
“Our unit production manager wrote him a letter of recommendation because nobody wanted there to be bad blood,” Lively said.
Lively spoke about the Weinstein scandal in a separate interview to 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,” she told The Hollywood Reporter . “I never heard any stories like this — I never heard anything specific — but it’s devastating to hear.”
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