‘I woke up in the night and he was filming me’: Blake Lively reveals she was sexually harassed by ‘voyeuristic’ make-up artist who wasn’t adequately punished… as she weighs in on Weinstein sex scandal
- The actress told LA Times a make-up artist on set had been verbally inappropriate towards her and filmed her while she was sleeping
- Lively claims producers did ‘nothing’ after she raised concerns and the man in question was only removed from set after she went to a lawyer
- It comes after Blake broke her silence on the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal
- Disgraced movie mogul Weinstein, 65, faces allegations of sexual harassment and rape from more than 30 women
- Weinstein has admitted to some, but not all, of the allegations – he ‘unequivocally denies’ claims of non-consensual sex
Blake Lively has claimed she was sexually harassed by a make-up artist while filming a past project.
The actress, 30, explained that the undisclosed person had been verbally ‘inappropriate’ towards her, insisted putting lipstick on her lips with his finger and had even filmed her while she slept.
Despite Blake telling producers about the concerning incident, she claims the man in question was removed from the project, but hadn’t been adequately punished.
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Candid: Blake Lively has revealed she was sexually harassed by a make-up artist while filming a past project and claims he hadn’t been adequately punished, despite her raising her concerns
Her admission comes after she broke her silence on the sex abuse scandal surrounding American film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Speaking to the LA Times, Blake detailed her encounter with the make-up artist and 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. I was clothed, but it was a very voyeuristic, terrifying thing to do.’
The former Gossip Girl star added that she had informed producers, but they had done ‘nothing’. She then went to a lawyer about the make-up artist, resulting in him being removed from the project, but he didn’t receive any further punishment.
Instead, Blake revealed that the unit production manager had penned the make-up artist a ‘letter of recommendation’. She said: ‘Nobody wanted there to be bad blood.’
MailOnline have contacted a representative for Blake.
Concerning: The actress explained that the make-up artist on set had been verbally ‘inappropriate’ towards her, insisted putting lipstick on her lips with his finger and had been filming her while she slept
The acting beauty’s comments came after Blake chose to break her silence on the sex abuse scandal disgraced movie mogul Weinstein, 65, has become a centre of.
Women in the film business have accused Weinstein of rape, groping and sexual harassment, but the Green Lantern star has spoken about her time working alongside him, insisting she ‘never’ experienced anything inappropriate, but it is ‘important that women are furious right now’.
The actress, 30, has known Weinstein for some time, notably appearing together on a panel workshop for high school students about careers in the movie industry alongside Michelle Obama in November 2013.
Speaking in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Blake said: ‘That was never my experience with Harvey in any way whatsoever.
‘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.’
Shamed: The actress, 30, has known the disgraced Hollywood mogul, 65, for some time (pictured at the 2017 TIME 100 Gala in New York City in April)
‘It’s devastating to hear’: The pair appeared together on a panel workshop for high school students about careers in the movie industry alongside Michelle Obama in November 2013
Blake – who raises daughters James, two, and Ines, 13 months, with actor husband Ryan Reynolds, 40 – insisted it’s ‘important for women to be furious’ and also detailed her own experiences of sexual misconduct.
She added: ‘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”.
‘It’s important that women are furious right now. It’s important that there is an uprising.’
The former Gossip Girl star implored society to look at the larger picture in the wake of the scandal and realize that sexual assault ‘happens in every single industry’.
More than 30 women have now come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Hollywood producer Weinstein, the man once described as ‘God’ of the film industry.
Disgraced: At least 30 women in the film business have accused Weinstein of rape, groping and sexual harassment over a three-decade period (pictured with Blake in September 2009)
The accusations, including from some of the world’s most famous actresses, range from inappropriate massages to rape over a three-decade period.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Kate Beckinsale, Lea Seydoux, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and Rosanna Arquette are among the high-profile names to have come forward.
Weinstein is currently believed to be heading to The Meadows, a treatment facility in Arizona with a focused 45-day inpatient program for sex addiction and behavioral issues.
He was pictured for the first time since the allegations surfaced in Los Angeles entering the offices of his lawyer Patty Glasser, with the embattled star appearing to raise his middle figure. His appearance followed reports his daughter had phoned 911 to report Weinstein as ‘suicidal’.
Weinstein was fired by the board of his production company, The Weinstein Company, on Sunday.
‘That wasn’t my experience’: The Green Lantern star has spoken about her time working alongside Weinstein, insisting she ‘never’ experienced anything inappropriate
Talented: The actress has spent the last few days promoting her latest movie, thriller All I See Is You, in Los Angeles
Happy family: Blake raises her two daughters, James, two, and Ines, 13 months, with actor husband Ryan Reynolds, 40 (pictured in December 2016)
His wife of 10 years, English fashion designer Georgina Chapman, 41, announced she was leaving him on Monday.
Weinstein said that he ‘supports’ Georgina’s decision and hopes that after he undergoes therapy for sex addiction and behavioral issues, he and his wife can ‘rebuild’ their relationship.
In a statement released by his spokesperson, Weinstein said: ‘I support her decision, I am in counseling and perhaps, when I am better, we can rebuild.
‘We discussed the possibility of a separation and I encouraged her to do what was in her heart. I understand, I love her and I love our children and hopefully, when I am better, I will be in their lives again.’
Chapman cited the alleged ‘unforgivable actions’ of her husband as a reason for leaving Weinstein.
Angelina Jolie said she had to turn down Weinstein’s advances as a young actress
Gwyneth Paltrow: The star told the New York Times that Weinstein touched her and suggested having joint massages in the bedroom before she started shooting the 1996 film Emma. She said she told her then boyfriend Brad Pitt about the incident and he confronted the mogul.
Angelina Jolie: Jolie told the Times she had to turn down advances from Weinstein in 1998 and chose never to work with him again. She said she warned other women about him.
Louisette Geiss: Actress was called to a late night meeting with Weinstein in 2008. He allegedly emerged in a bathrobe and told her he would green light her script if she watched him masterbate. She left the meeting.
Judith Godreche: The French actress says Weinstein tried to massage her and pull off her sweater after asking her up to his Cannes suite to see the view in 1996.
Dawn Dunning: Aspiring actress says she was called to a meeting about future film projects in 2003. When she arrived Weinstein presented her with three scripts for his next three movies which he would let her star in, only if she had three-way sex with him. She fled the hotel.
Tomi-Ann Roberts: Weinstein met her when she was serving tables as a college junior in 1984 and told her to meet him at his home. When she arrived, she says, he was naked in the bath and told her she would give a better audition if she was nude. She says she refused and left.
Asia Argento: The Italian actress has accused Weinstein of forcibly performing oral sex on her when she was 21. ‘He terrified me, and he was big. It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.’ She said she went on to have consensual sex with him over the years that followed. She documented the alleged attack in her 2000 film Scarlet Diva.
Katherine Kendall: The Swingers actress was told Weinstein had to stop off in his apartment to pick something up after a screening in 1993. He changed into a bathrobe and told her to massage her. When she resisted she said the mogul returned naked and chased her.
Lucia Evans: The actress, formerly known as Lucia Stoller, claims Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex on him in 2004. Speaking to the New Yorker, she said that she suffered years of trauma after the incident which occurred in a ‘casting meeting’ in a Miramax office in Manhattan. He reportedly called her late at night after the incident.
Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that Weinstein attempted to get her into a hotel bedroom and massage her when she was 22
Mira Sorvino: The Mighty Aphrodite actress told the New Yorker that Weinstein tried to massage her in a hotel room at the 1995 Toronto International Film Festival. He then went to her home in the middle of the night but she called a male friend to protect her, she claimed. She said turning down the mogul adversely affected her career.
Rosanna Arquette: The actress also said her career suffered after she rebuffed Weinstein’s advances in the early 1990s. At a hotel meeting he tried to put her hand on his erect penis, she claims.
Rose McGowan: The actress, who made her breakthrough in 1996 in the Weinstein-produced slasher revival movie Scream, reportedly sued Weinstein after he assaulted her in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival. She signed a non-disclosure agreement at the close of the suit and has only referred to him obliquely in social media since. On Sunday she referred to being abused by a ‘monster’ and has previously referred to being raped by a studio head.
Career suicide: Mira Sorvino revealed how her career nose-dived after she turned down Weinstein’s advances
Ashley Judd: Judd’s film roles include the 1997 thriller Kiss the Girls – and says that during the filming of that movie Weinstein repeatedly asked her to watch him shower. She was one of the women who spoke out to The New York Times this week, saying: ‘Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly.’
Emma De Caunes: French actress Emma de Caunes said that she met Weinstein in 2010, soon after he told her he had a script he was producing based on a book with a strong female character. Weinstein offered to show her the script, and asked her up to his hotel room, where he began to take a shower. He then emerged naked and with an erection, asking her to lay down with him on the bed and telling her that many had done so before. ‘I was very petrified,’ said de Caunes. ‘But I didn’t want to show him that I was petrified, because I could feel that the more I was freaking out, the more he was excited.’
Zelda Perkins was 25 when, as an assistant of Weinstein’s in London, she reportedly confronted the mogul for harassing her and ‘several’ other women; she later settled out of court
Lauren O’Connor: A former employee of The Weinstein Company, she told executives there in the fall of 2015 that there was ‘a toxic environment for women at this company’ after one of her colleagues told her that Weinstein had pressured her into massaging him while he was naked, the NYT said.
Ambra Battilana: An Italian actress and model, she told the NYT that in March 2015 Weinstein invited her to his New York office. There, she said, he asked if her breasts were real before grabbing them and putting his hands up her skirt. She reported the alleged incident to police, but they did not press charges. According to the NYT, Weinstein later paid her off.
Jessica Barth: Weintein reportedly pressured Barth, an actress, to give him a naked massage in the Peninsula Hotel from 2011 onwards.
Laura Madden: An ex-employee, she told the NYT that Weinstein had asked her to give him massages from 1991 onwards, while they were both in London and Dublin. ‘It was so manipulative,’ she told the NYT. ‘You constantly question yourself – am I the one who is the problem?’ Weinstein denied knowledge.
Emily Nestor: Nestor was a temporary employee of the Weinstein Company for just one day in 2014 when Weinstein approached her and offered to boost her career in exchange for sex, the NYT reported.
Zelda Perkins: An assistant of Weinstein’s based in London in 1998; then 25, she reportedly confronted Weinstein after she and ‘several’ others were harassed and later settled out of court.
Elizabeth Karlsen, an Oscar-winning producer, said a female executive told her almost 30 years ago that she had found Weinstein naked in her bedroom in a Miramax-rented property
Elizabeth Karlsen: The Oscar-nominated producer of Carol and The Crying Game, among others, told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday that almost 30 years ago, an unnamed young female executive who had worked at Miramax with Weinstein had found him naked in her bedroom one night. The exec was in a house rented by Miramax at the time to cut its overheads.
Liza Campbell: A freelance script reader, she told the UK’s Sunday Times that Weinstein had summoned her to his hotel room in London before telling her to get in the bath with him.
Lauren Sivan: The former Fox news host said that Weinstein trapped her in a closed restaurant and masturbated in front of her to completion in 2007. He took her to a closed restaurant beneath a club she had visited and attempted to kiss her, then when she refused he cornered her and made her watch him touch himself, according to The Huffington Post.
Jessica Hynes: The British actress, best known for her roles in the Bridget Jones movies and for co-creating and co-writing the sitcom Spaced, said she was invited to audition for Weinstein when she was 19 – in a bikini. Hynes, formerly known as Jessica Stevenson, said she refused to wear the skimpy item – and lost the job.
Romola Garai: British actress Romola Garai said she felt ‘violated’ following a meeting with Harvey Weinstein in his London hotel room when she was 18 in which he was in a bathrobe. Garai, best known for her role in ‘Atonement’, said she had already been hired for a part but was told to audition privately with the Hollywood mogul because ‘you had to be personally approved by him’. ‘Like every other woman in the industry, I’ve had an ‘audition’ with Harvey Weinstein,’ she told The Guardian. ‘So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy and he answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it’.
Unnamed assistant: Weinstein allegedly behaved inappropriately toward a woman employed as his assistant in 1990. The case was settled out of court.
Another unnamed assistant: In 2015, Weinstein reportedly pressured another assistant into giving him a naked massage in the Peninsula Hotel, where he is also said to have pressured Barth.
Unnamed Miramax employee: At one point in the early 1990s, a young woman is alleged to have suddenly left the company after an encounter with Weinstein. She also settled out of court.
Unnamed woman: A woman who did not wish to be named because she feared Weinstein’s connections told The New York Times that the producer had summoned her to his hotel at an unknown date and raped her.
‘My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband,’ she told People.
On Tuesday, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) suspended his membership from the organization, while a DailyMail.com exclusive revealed the FBI had opened an investigation into the producer.
Meanwhile, stars of the movie industry have shared their thoughts on the disgraced director, with many condemning Weinstein for his actions. Among them, Jennifer Lawrence had said: ‘I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.’
Titanic star Kate Winslet added: ‘His behavior is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong. I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumors, maybe we have all been naïve.’
Speaking out: American film producer, Harvey Weinstein, 65, has been accused of sexual harassment by a number of actresses, including Gwyneth Paltrow (L) and Angelina Jolie (R)
However, Mean Girls star Lindsay Lohan has shown her support for Weinstein and suggested he is being unfairly treated.
In a video she shared to Instagram, she took aim at Weinstein’s wife Georgina and insisted the star had ‘never done anything wrong’ to her personally.
Lindsay said: ‘Hi, this is Lindsay Lohan. I’m in Dubai, I’m home, and I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now, I don’t think it’s right what’s going on.
‘I think Georgina needs to take a stand and be there for her husband. And he’s never harmed me or did anything wrong to me. We’ve done several movies together, and so I think everyone needs to stop. I think it’s wrong. So stand up.’
WHAT THE STARS ARE SAYING ABOUT WEINSTEIN
Jennifer Lawrencestated although she had not witnessed Weinstein’s inappropriate acts herself, she still condemned the producer
Matt Damon: ‘As the father of four daughters, this is the kind of sexual predation that keeps me up at night. This is the great fear for all of us. I did five or six movies with Harvey. I never saw this. I feel horrible for these women and it’s wonderful they have this incredible courage and are standing up now. We can all feel this change that’s happening, which is necessary and overdue.’
Ben Affleck: ‘I am saddened and angry that a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over decades’
Nicole Kidman: ‘As I’ve stated before publicly, I support and applaud all women and these women who speak out against any abuse and misuse of power – be it domestic violence or sexual harassment in the workforce. We need to eradicate this behavior.’
George Clooney: ‘I suppose the argument would be that it’s not just about Hollywood, but about all of us – that every time you see someone using their power and influence to take advantage of someone without power and influence and you don’t speak up, you’re complicit.’
Jennifer Lawrence: ‘I was deeply disturbed to hear the news about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior. This kind of abuse is inexcusable and absolutely upsetting.’
Kate Winslet: ‘His behavior is without question disgraceful and appalling and very, very wrong. I had hoped that these kind of stories were just made up rumors, maybe we have all been naïve.’
Meryl Streep: ‘The disgraceful news about Harvey Weinstein has appalled those of us whose work he championed, and those whose good and worthy causes he supported.’
Kate Winslet said Weinstein’s behavior was appalling and very wrong
Glenn Close: ‘I’m angry, not just at him and the conspiracy of silence around his actions, but also that the ‘casting couch’ phenomenon, so to speak, is still a reality in our business and in the world: the horrible pressure, the awful expectation put on a woman when a powerful, egotistical, entitled bully expects sexual favors in exchange for a job.’
Judi Dench: ‘Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my film career for the past 20 years, I was completely unaware of these offences which are, of course, horrifying, and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered, and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out.’
Mark Ruffalo said it was a ‘disgusting abuse of power’
Romola Garai: ‘Like every other woman in the industry, I’ve had an ‘audition’ with Harvey Weinstein. So I had to go to his hotel room in the Savoy and he answered the door in his bathrobe. I was only 18. I felt violated by it.’
Ashley Judd: ‘Women have been talking about Harvey amongst ourselves for a long time, and it’s simply beyond time to have the conversation publicly.’
Mark Ruffalo: ‘To be clear what Harvey Weinstein did was a disgusting abuse of power and horrible. I hope we are now seeing the beginning of the end of these abuses.’
James Gunn: ‘If even 1/10th of the stories about Harvey Weinstein are true (and I believe they are), then good f***ing riddance. That s***’s gotta stop.’
Lena Dunham: ‘Easy to think Weinstein company took swift action but this has actually been the slowest action because they always always knew.’
Susan Sarandon: ‘Huge respect for Ashley Judd and all the women who broke their silence for the article on Harvey Weinstein. Brave.’
Julianne Moore: ‘Coming forward about sexual abuse and coercion is scary and women have nothing to be gained personally by doing so. But through their bravery we move forward as a culture, and I thank them. Stand with Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan and others.’
Jessica Chastain: ‘I was warned from the beginning. The stories were everywhere. To deny that is to create an environment for it to happen again.’
Jeff Bridges: ‘I wish him the best struggling with his demons, but his behavior was terrible. And I wish him – just as being a fellow human being – we are all struggling with different things. And he can struggle with his and come out the other side.’
Kevin Smith: ‘He financed the first 14 years of my career – and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain. It makes me feel ashamed.’
Paul Feig: ‘There is no excuse for monsters like Harvey Weinstein. It’s up to all of us, men and women, to speak up against sexual harassment and abuse.’
Michael Keaton: ‘H Weinstein – yikes! Disgusting and creepy. So is ‘leader of the free world’, by the way.’
Heather Graham is one of a number of actors to speak out against Weinstein
Emmy Rossum: ‘The ‘old dinosaur’ explanation doesn’t cut it. Decades of using power to intimidate women for sexual gain is reprehensible and inexcusable.’
Heather Graham: ‘Women speak out about sexual harassment and Harvey Weinstein gets fired. This is the best and most inspiring news story I have seen in a while.’
Judd Apatow: ‘What Harvey Weinstein did was abhorrent. He admits he did it. Why should anyone be silent in their disgust and support for his victims?’
Amber Tamblyn: ‘Heed the mantra and never forget: Women. Have. Nothing. To. Gain. And. Everything. To. Lose. By. Coming. Forward.’
Scott Derrickson: ‘I expect the Hollywood elite will remain largely silent about Weinstein. Me, I give zero f***s about any repercussions for condemning him.’
Brooklyn Decker: ‘We condemn ‘grab them by the p***y’ and we condone this.’
Patricia Arquette: ‘If there is a way to cure yourself of being a predator than I hope Harvey learns what it is & shares it with the world. It’s an epidemic.’
Ryan Murphy: ‘In this society, most women have a Harvey Weinstein in their life. There is always a minefield you navigate when you’re a woman and go through the system of Hollywood. Sometimes you are lucky enough to have champions or people who aren’t interested in taking advantage of you, and sometimes you do not. I know my way around an Oscar-winning lady or two, and whenever he would come up in conversation, there was always this ‘ick’ or ‘ugh’ type of reaction. All of the women I spoke to would say that. All of them. I wondered what was up with that.’