Actress and singer Jennifer Lopez is joining the #MeToo movement with her own harrowing tale of sexual misconduct. Lopez reveals that like many of the actresses that have spoken up about their previous experiences, she was put in a bad situation by a director abusing his power.
J. Lo Joins #MeToo
In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, the actress recounts the incident happened in the early stages if her career. While she hadn't been abused like the other women who have spoken against their alleged attackers, the actress was left severely shaken up by the situation.
"I haven't been abused in the way some women have but have I been told by a director to take off my shirt and show my boobs? Yes, I have. But did I do it? No, I did not," the actress stated.
Lopez did not name the director or which film it was that she was shooting, but she did speak on the emotion she felt from not coming forward with her story sooner.
"When I did speak up, I was terrified," Lopez continued. The famous Latina actress also remembered asking herself what she did to be experiencing that. And though it was among her first movies, she knew that the director's behavior "wasn't right."
The "Jenny From The Block" singer has been very active in the Time's Up and #MeToo movements since they began. Lopez did receive backlash for attending Guess founder's, Paul Marciano, Spring 2018 Campaign Reveal. Marciano had been accused of sexually harassing and abusing several models, including Kate Upton.
#MeToo and Time's Up were created after a plethora of women in Hollywood began naming their attackers. The epidemic began after Harvey Weinstein was outed by over 80 women, including high-profile actresses like Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ashley Judd, of sexual abuse, harassment, and rape.
Following Weinstein, more men in the entertainment industry, such as James Toback, Ed Westwick, Matt Lauer, and Dustin Hoffman, were exposed for their past sexual crimes.