Natalie Portman is speaking out to reveal her own experience with sexual harassment in the industry.
While she didn’t name names, the A-lister opened up during the Vulture Festival on Sunday to share an incident that happened with a producer on a private plane.
“I had a producer invite me to go on a private plane with him, with his company somewhere I was going to. And then I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£Yeah, why wouldn’t I accept a flight on a private plane with a big group of people?’ And I showed up and it was just the two of us and then one bed was made on the plane. Nothing happened. I was not assaulted. I said, ├óΓé¼╦£This doesn’t make me comfortable’ and that was respected but was super not OK. That was really unacceptable and manipulative. I was scared.”
Natalie also touched on the assault allegations coming out in Hollywood, explaining why she thinks it took so long for it all to come out:
“There are so many things that we took for granted as part of our world until it changed a month ago. A lot of people have been aware of it for a long time too, but also a lot of things that we just kind of put up with for reasons of maybe just being numb to it from it being so pervasive or people being so upset about it.”
The 36-year-old continued:
“It’s been great that everybody is finally talking about it. I think my first reaction when I heard everybody coming out was, ├óΓé¼╦£Wow, I’m so lucky that I haven’t had this.’ And then, on reflection, I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£OK, I definitely have never been assaulted, definitely not, but I’ve had discrimination or harassment on almost everything I’ve ever worked on in some way. I went from thinking I don’t have a story to thinking, Oh wait, I have 100 stories. And I think a lot of people are having these reckonings with themselves, of things that we just took for granted as like, this is part of the process… I think every woman has experienced this kind of discrimination. People commenting on my body all the time to me, from the time I was a child. Things that are not OK and not on the same level of abuse but they have a very comfortable enrichment to discrimination where it’s not something I ever thought was a reportable offense.”
The Black Swan actress is just one of many stars to come out with her own experience, and she definitely won’t be the last.
As more and more allegations continue to be revealed, we applaud all the brave men and women who are opening up to share their stories.
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