Actress Ellen Page wrote about sexual harassment she experienced on the set of the film X-Men: The Last Stand when she was just 18-years-old.
“‘You should f*ck her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He said this about me during a cast and crew ‘meet and greet’ before we began filming X Men: The Last Stand. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should f*ck her to make her realize she’s gay.’ He was the film’s director, Brett Ratner.”
In 2014, Page revealed that she’s gay. She wrote that when Ratner made that sexually inappropriate comment, she had not yet come out to herself: “I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak.”
“I felt violated when this happened. I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either. This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea. He ‘outed’ me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic. I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women. I remember a woman walking by the monitor as he made a comment about her ‘flappy pussy.'”
Page shared her experience days after other high-profile actresses accused Ratner of sexual harassment.
The actress also described an incident that happened when she was 16 and a director fondled her leg under a table during a dinner:
“It was a painful realization: my safety was not guaranteed at work. An adult authority figure for whom I worked intended to exploit me, physically,” wrote Page. “I was sexually assaulted by a grip months later. I was asked by a director to sleep with a man in his late twenties and to tell them about it. I did not. This is just what happened during my sixteenth year, a teenager in the entertainment industry.”
Page also shared that she regrets doing the 2012 Woody Allen film, To Rome with Love.
“I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career. I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because ‘of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.’ Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake.”
While it’s depressing to watch woman after woman admit they are victims of harassment, assault, and abuse, it seems the tides are turning and there’s hope that these predatory men will think twice before they abuse women.
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