In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that’s rocked Hollywood, the initiative #MeToo was born. Both men and women have been encouraged to speak about sexual harassment they’ve experienced whether in Hollywood or outside the entertainment industry.
The annual GLSEN’s (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) Respect Awards took place over the weekend. During the event, stars talked about their experience with inappropriate behavior and stories from the casting couch. Openly-out actors Charlie Carver and Wilson Cruz opened up, as did Scandal star Tony Goldwyn. Read their accounts below.
Charlie Carver, who came out in 2016, revealed he was “no stranger” when it came to advances from people in power. “There are many other people who have experienced way worse in terms of harassment, but I can identify and empathize with anybody who has gone through it,” the 29-year-old shared. “I’m not a stranger to it. This will hopefully open up a discussion about men and power dynamics in general — maybe it has to do with exerting masculinity.” He added, “I wouldn’t say I was traumatized. But it was definitely a lesson, something to move through.”
Wilson Cruz revealed it happened to him when he was younger during My So-Called Life. “Yes! I mean, early on when I was a little twink there were people who made suggestions about how they could help me,” he shared. “And you know, clearly I didn’t take them up on that because I would be far more famous than I am now!” He didn’t reveal any names, but said it was an “older gentlemen of a certain age who made offers.” Cruz added, “I did not take them up on it, but it was uncomfortable.” “In the end, I politely said no and kept on my way.”
Lastly, Tony Goldwyn shared his story in support of Lupita Nyong’o after she wrote a New York Times piece describing her various encounters with Weinstein. “It happened to me when I was literally Lupita’s age in my last year of acting school,” he told Access Hollywood on the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards red carpet. “It happened to me by a man, and it wasn’t as extended and awful as what Lupita went through, but it was the same thing.” Watch the interview below to learn more.
Tony Goldwyn On Harassment In Hollywood: ‘It Happened To Me Too