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Natalie Portman Remembers 'Unacceptable' Encounter On A Producer's Private Plane & Explains Why She's Speaking Out Now!

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Natalie Portman has 100 stories involving producers’ unacceptable behavior.
Gracing the cover of PORTER‘s Spring issue, the Annihilation star told the magazine that the #MeToo movement has helped her reexamine icky experiences from her own past.
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The industry vet explained:

“I went from thinking, ├óΓé¼╦£I don’t have a story’ to ├óΓé¼╦£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.”

One situation in particular was when a producer invited Portman aboard his private plane and made a very inappropriate insinuation, which she did previously reveal in November.
She recalled:

“It was just the two of us, and only one bed was made up…Nothing happened, I was not assaulted. I did make a point of saying, ├óΓé¼╦£This does not make me feel comfortable,’ and that was respected. But that was super not okay, you know? That was really unacceptable and manipulative. I was scared.”

Yuck. What a nightmare!
But it’s the nightmarish behavior the actress has been unfortunately dealing with since she first began her Hollywood career as a young teenager. At the Women’s March in Los Angeles, the Time’s Up activist revealed she experienced sexual harassment at the age of 13 when her first film was released.
Related: Oprah & Natalie Lead Powerful Conversation About #TimesUp Campaign!
Her first ever piece of fan mail, which came after 1994’s L├â┬⌐on: The Professional came out, was a rape fantasy written by a man. She said at the event:

“I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually I would feel unsafe and that men would feel entitled to discuss and objectify my body to my great discomfort.”

Now adding her voice to the droves of women speaking out against sexual misconduct, Portman says it’s important these cries of pain are heard. She told PORTER:

“A lot of people have been speaking out for a long time and not been heard, particularly women of color, so it’s very important the industry listens.”

Amen! Time to annihilate this imbalance of power once and for all.
Be sure to stay tuned to hear more from Natalie, and ch-ch-check out her cover shot (below)!

[Image via Brian To/WENN.]

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Feb 05, 2018 13:07pm PDT