Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni has revealed he was sexually harassed by a Hollywood producer when he was a brand new actor within the business, describing the incident as a part of a system “damaged” by sexual misconduct.
Baldoni, 33, made the revelation in an interview with Glamour journal on the 2017 TEDWomen convention in New Orleans, the place he delivered a chat entitled “Why I am carried out making an attempt to be ‘man sufficient.'”
The actor advised the journal that when he was round 21 he was propositioned by a person in a scorching tub who advised him he was an influential and well-connected Hollywood producer.
“He slowly began to attempt to get me to take off my pants as a result of I had my bathing swimsuit on and he was bare,” Baldoni stated.
“And I bear in mind the way in which he did it, utilizing his energy and what he does and who he is aware of as a method to make me really feel lower than,” Baldoni stated. “Like I wasn’t going to be as profitable as the opposite guys who’d been in the identical scorching tub with him, bare.”
The actor stated he contemplated what to do for a “cut up second” earlier than leaving.
“I might think about how onerous and painful that should be for a girl,” he stated. “I imply I used to be stronger and greater than the man, and [then there’s] the truth that nobody goes to imagine you should you’re a girl as a result of your voice is already not heard.”
A variety of folks have come ahead with tales about sexual harassment, misconduct, and assault within the leisure business because the allegations towards producer Harvey Weinstein have been revealed within the New York Occasions and the New Yorker in October. The #MeToo motion has impressed many ladies to talk up about their experiences, however Baldoni is likely one of the few males who’ve opened up about the subject material. On Oct. 10, Terry Crews tweeted a couple of Hollywood agent groping him at an occasion final 12 months, and on Oct. 29, Anthony Rapp advised BuzzFeed Information that Kevin Spacey made a sexual advance towards him when he was 14 years outdated and Spacey was 26.
Baldoni additionally stated he has skilled sexual harassment from ladies in highly effective positions.
“I’ve had my ass grabbed a number of instances by highly effective ladies,” he stated.
Baldoni is at the moment growing an internet speak present, Man Sufficient, which he stated addresses “what it means to be a person immediately.”
He’s additionally calling on different males to acknowledge previous poor habits and apologize to those that they’ve wronged.
“I feel that’s when the opposite aspect of the ‘Me Too’ motion is ‘I’m Sorry,’” Baldoni stated. “I assure in some unspecified time in the future in my life there’s a lady or two that I not directly made uncomfortable by saying one thing or doing one thing that was chauvinistic or sexist. There may be 1 million p.c likelihood that that exists, and all I can do is say, ‘I’m sorry, I used to be naive, I used to be younger, I screwed up, and I’ll attempt to do higher.’”