Natalie Portman is joining the dozens of A-list stars who have come forward with tales of sexual harassment.
According to Page Six, Portman opened up during an interview with Porter magazine, claiming that while she hadn’t ever been abused herself, she had been put in situations where she felt uncomfortable.
In particular, she recalled an incident with an unnamed producer who invited her to travel on his private plane. “It was just the two of us, and only one bed was made up. Nothing happened, I was not assaulted. I did make a point of saying, ‘This does not make me feel comfortable’, and that was respected. But that was super not okay, you know? That was really unacceptable and manipulative. I was scared.” Despite becoming more aware as she grew older in the industry, Portman also confessed that there was a time when she accepted that behavior from certain individuals in the business was simply ‘part of the process’. As news broke in last October of Harvey Weinstein’s actions, it caused the 36-year-old actress to reflect on situations that she had previously been put in, or made aware of. “I went from thinking, ‘I don’t have a story’ to ‘Oh, wait, I have 100 stories’,” she told the publication. “I think a lot of people are having these reckonings with themselves.”
Portman took to the podium at L.A’s Women’s March last month, where she also shared some of her experiences of being sexualized as a child actress. “I excitedly opened my first fan mail (at the age of 13) to read a rape fantasy that a man had written me,” she told the audience. The Closer star went on to recall how a local radio station set up a countdown to her 18th birthday, when she could legally have intercourse, and how movie reviewers talked about her ‘budding breasts’. “I understood very quickly, even as a 13-year-old, that if I were to express myself sexually, I would feel unsafe.”
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