Natalie Portman on sexual harassment: I have 100 stories

Updated: 22 November, 2017 09:06 IST | IANS | Los Angeles

Natalie Portman says she has 100 stories of sexual misconduct and harassment against her in Hollywood

Natalie Portman says she has 100 stories of sexual misconduct and harassment against her in Hollywood. "When I heard everything coming out, I was like, wow, I'm so lucky that I haven't had this. And then, on reflection, I was like, okay, definitely never been assaulted, definitely not, but I've had discrimination or harassment on almost everything I've ever worked on in some way," Portman said at an event here, reports

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman

"I went from thinking I don't have a story to thinking, 'Oh wait, I have 100 stories'. And I think a lot of people are having these reckonings with themselves, of things that we just took for granted as like, this is part of the process," she added. Portman recounted one time when she was invited on a plane with a producer, only to find he had made a bed.

"Nothing happened. I was not assaulted. I said, 'This doesn't make me comfortable' and that was respected, but was super not okay. That was really unacceptable and manipulative. I was scared," Portman said. The 36-year-old said she used to avoid taking on roles with sexual scenes.

"There was definitely a period where I was reluctant to do any kind of kissing scenes, sexual scenes. Because for my first roles, the reaction people would give in reviews was to call me a Lolita and things like that, and I got so scared by it," she said.

First Published: 22 November, 2017 08:35 IST

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