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Anna Faris opens up about being sexually abused on set: A director slapped my a**

Actor Anna Faris has come forward and narrated her own experience of sexual harassment. The actor revealed on her podcast Unqualified that an unnamed director “slapped” her behind during a movie shoot.

hollywood Updated: Oct 25, 2017 16:30 IST
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Lupita Nyong’o,Lena Headey,Gwyneth Paltrow
Anna Faris participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss her new memoir, Unqualified.(Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Actor Anna Faris has come forward and narrated her own experience of sexual harassment. The actor revealed on her podcast Unqualified that an unnamed director “slapped” her behind during a movie shoot.

“I was doing a scene where I was on a ladder and I was supposed to be taking books off a shelf and he slapped my a** in front of the crew so hard,” said the actor.

She said all she could do was to “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.’ And that’s how I dismissed it.

The incident made Faris feel “small” and she says the director would not have tried it on “the lead male”. Faris said “women are conditioned to giggle” but they would be labeled a “b***h or difficult”, if they were to anything about such incidents.

Chris Pratt (R) poses with his ex-wife Anna Faris as they attend a premiere of the film Guardians of the galaxy, Vol. 2.

“That would be the best of circumstances. I guess what I do is I laugh. It puts everyone at ease. That’s the defence mode you go into,” she added.

Faris joins a growing list of women who have come forward and narrated their stories about sexual harassment and sexual misconduct from men at work in the wake of Harvey Weinstein scandal.

More than 50 women, including celebrities such as Lupita Nyong’o, Lena Headey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Cara Delevingne, have come forward to accuse the Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexually harassing them.

Days ago, Oscar-nominated director James Toback was accused of sexual harassment by 38 women, a number which now has surpassed 200, according a report in Los Angeles Times.

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First Published: Oct 25, 2017 16:30 IST