In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Blake Lively has claimed that she was sexually harassed by her make-up artist.
Her story comes as a number of women have come forward accusing Weinstein of sexual abuse, including Rose McGowan, Angelina Jolie and Lea Seydoux. Lively asserts that her own harrowing experience came while she was working on an unnamed film.
“He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “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.”
Lively told the producers, but her words weren’t taken seriously and no action was taken.
“After three months of complaining, they called me into my trailer and said, ‘We need to talk to you,'” she recalled. “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.'”
Eventually, the make-up artist was sacked after the actress took the allegation to her lawyers. However, he still came away from the project with a good reference.
“Our unit production manager wrote him a letter of recommendation because nobody wanted there to be bad blood,” she said.