Americas sweetheart Anna Farris is joining the numerous Hollywood women who have recently spoken up about their history with sexual harassment.
During her episode of her pod-cast series, 'Unqualified', the Mom star opened up about her experience being harassed by a movie directed that touched her 'inappropriately'.
"I was doing a scene where I was on a ladder. I was supposed to be taking books off a shelf, and he slapped my ass in front of the crew so hard. And all I could do was giggle. I remember looking around and I remember seeing the crew members being like, 'Wait, what are you going to do about that? That seemed weird," recalls.
The actress did not go into detail about who the director was or which movie set this took place, but she continues by saying she felt 'small' because of the incident.
Farris, who is in the middle of a divorce from her husband, actor Chris Pratt, and her co-host Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries) continued speaking on the delicacy of this epidemic when no on speaks up or acts upon it.
"We're conditioned to giggle," Faris continued. "But also, if we were to do anything else, we'd be labeled a b---- or difficult. That would be the best of circumstances. I guess what I do is I laugh. It puts everyone at ease. That's the defense mode you go into."
The Harvey Weinstein Epidemic
Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal first made headlines early September, multiple women have continued to come out and speak up about their terrifying experiences in the workplace against their employers, coworkers, etc. Actress such as, Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have specifically pointed Weinstein as the man who took advantage of them during their early 20's.
Weinstein has since be made an example of and is now being investigated by the LAPD. Most recently, two more directors, James Toback and Chris Savino, have also been accused of sexually harassing women.
While Weinstein did complete his treatment for "emotional" troubles, Chris Savino has publicly apologized for his misconduct.
This unfortunate precedent of events has at least created an opportunity for more women and men to become courageous about a subject that has been hidden for too long. More leaders, particularly in Hollywood, are calling for a change not only on Hollywood, but everywhere.
You can purchase Anna Farris' book 'Unqualified' in stores now and listen to her pod-cast 'Unqualified' on Itunes.