Blake Lively has opened up about her history with sexual harassment on set and the difficulty she had getting anyone to act on her behalf when it was happening.
With so may women coming forward with first-hand accounts of sexual misconduct from Harvey Weinstein, Lively told her story to the Los Angeles Times, detailing how she was regularly harassed by a makeup artist on a past project.
"He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger," she explained. "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 told the publication that after reporting what happened to producers, nothing was done.
"Finally, after three months of complaining, they called me into my trailer and said, 'We need to talk to you,'" she continued. "I thought, 'Well finally, they're going to do something about this man who I had to have touching me all day.' And they said, 'Your dog left a poop behind the toilet in your dressing room and our janitor had to pick it up. And this is very serious and we can't have this happen again.'"
Lively then decided to pursue legal action and told her lawyer. The LA Times reported the makeup artist was removed after an investigation, but, according to Lively, the project's "unit production manager wrote him a letter of recommendation because nobody wanted there to be bad blood."
The "Gossip Girl" star previously condemned Weinstein's behavior, telling 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. I never heard any stories like this — I never heard anything specific — but it's devastating to hear."
"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,'" she added.