Jennifer Lopez shares her experiences with sexual harassment in Hollywood. As the #MeToo movement is bringing light to the misconduct many actors (male and female) face pursuing their careers, J.Lo speaks about an incident she had with a director.
The 48-year-old Bronx native is the cover star of April’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar. She told the publication how she once rejected a director’s request that she remove her blouse and expose her breasts.
“I haven’t been abused in the way some women have,” Lopez revealed. “But have I been told by a director to take off my shirt and show my boobs? Yes, I have. But did I do it? No, I did not.” The star withheld the name of the director in question.
“I remember my heart beating out of my chest, thinking, ‘What did I do? This man is hiring me! It was one of my first movies. But in my mind, I knew the behavior wasn’t right. It could have gone either way for me. But I think ultimately the Bronx in me was like, ‘Nah, we’re not having it.’”
The triple threat also speaks on soaring in her personal and professional life and her relationship with A. Rod.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.