Kesha‘s ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke has opened a long awaited discussion on harassment in the music industry.
Now, more women are coming forward with their own harrowing tales — and even those in positions of power aren’t immune to becoming victims of sexual harassment.
Music executive Julie Farman says she was sexually harassed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the ├óΓé¼╦£90s.
In a latest blog entry titled Blood, Sugar, Sex, Dickheads, Farman said that the recent discussion of harassment in the music biz inspired her to share the details of the incident that occurred when she worked at Epic Records 25 years ago.
Farman explained that she knew about the Californication rock group’s bad history before experiencing it for herself, writing:
“I heard stories about the Chili Peppers and the way they treated women long before Anthony was convincted [sic] of sexual battery and indecent exposure in 1989 and Chad and Flea were arrested for lascivious behavior, battery and disorderly conduct in 1990.”
And as history tends to repeat itself, Farman recalled the time where two of the band members “pressed up” against her when they were alone, continuing:
“I took two of the Chili Peppers to the storage room where we kept the box sets and CDs. As we looked in the cabinet, they pressed up against me and told me about all of the ways we could make a super sexy sandwich. At first I thought they were joking. When I realized they weren’t, I ran from the storage room to my office, where I closed my door, sat down at my desk, and cried.”
The executive said the reason she didn’t report this at the time was because, like most cases, she didn’t want to be perceived as a victim, even though she felt embarrassed and ashamed:
“I was humiliated and weirdly ashamed, and embarrassed that I was humiliated and weirdly ashamed. There was far worse going on in the music industry at the time, and I thought I was a badass. Being a victim didn’t fit my self-perception.”
Noting that sexual harassment “was an everyday reality” in the music industry, Farman said many women she worked with have stayed silent after experiencing similar behavior, adding:
“We didn’t talk about it to our friends, for the most part, and not many of us took any action. We were ashamed or afraid or didn’t think we’d be believed. We thought we’d be blamed, or worse, we blamed ourselves. We didn’t want to be perceived as weak, and we thought that in order to succeed, we just had to put up with it…F*ck the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the misogynistic culture of the music industry that kept me from speaking up in 1991. I wish I had.”
Hopefully, this admission inspires more women who have experienced the same harassment to come forward as well.
Click HERE to read Julie’s full post.