Jennifer Lopez Reveals Her #MeToo Moment in Hollywood

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The horrific Harvey Weinstein allegations have caused an ever-growing global conversation about the sexual harassment women face on a daily basis. The #MeToo movement—originally started a decade ago by activist Tarana Burke to help women of color who had been sexually abused—has since gone viral. Women are still coming forward with their stories about their experiences in Hollywood. 

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In an interview with Harpers Bazaar, Jennifer Lopez was asked if she ever experienced sexual harassment in Hollywood. The Shades of Blue star responded, “I haven’t been abused in the way some women have. 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 actress adds, “When I did speak up, I was terrified. 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.’ ”

In previous interviews, J-Lo has been clear on her solidarity with the #MeToo movement. She told PEOPLE, “My position on these issues is well-known, as I have been very vocal about them.” Lopez added. “I do not condone any acts of sexual harassment, violation or misconduct. Any accusations should be fully and thoroughly investigated. I will continue to support our rights as women.”

 

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The ''Amor Amor Amor'' singer also has been vocal about her support for the #TimesUp movement. In a visit to Puerto Rico, she said "You know, today is the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, and a lot of the women, with #TimesUp, are standing up for equality, to be treated equally, and for sexual harassment. I stand here in black doing the same from far away. It’s the same with here in Puerto Rico, we want to be treated equally."