The 37-year-old actress came forward with sexual misconduct allegations about director Brett Ratner last year, and has said that it is important to “continue to support” people who speak out about their experiences by making sure the conversation surrounding the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements – which were created as a result of the dozens of celebrities who spoke out against sexual harassment last year – doesn’t die down.
She said: “One thing that’s important is that we continue to use social media to support people who speak out and show their outrage at abusers. There’s this societal stigma when it comes to [reporting] sexual harassment. Women are seen as liars, men as victims. The truth is that it just doesn’t work that way. To come forward is difficult.”
Olivia claimed in November last year that Brett had performed a sex act on himself in front of her in 2004 on the set of ‘After the Sunset’.
The ‘Six’ actress believes a “line” needs to be drawn in which companies refuse to work with accused talent, rather than let them back into “their position in power”.
Speaking to Rogue magazine, she said:
“Initially, I didn’t publicly call [Brett] out. I wrote a book where I discussed him anonymously. A year later, he named himself and went on to lie about me. A few days after that, he was on the Howard Stern show publicly apologising for lying, saying he was sorry. Yet, two years after that moment, he gets a $450 million dollar licensing deal with Warner Brothers.
“Where is the line? If you don’t draw a line in the sand and say, ‘I’m not gonna work with these people,’ then it’s going to continue. Those who are in power, the movie heads, the executives – why are you working with these people? I’m not saying that people can’t come back from their mistakes, but why is it that when certain people mess up, there’s a formula for redemption? They say they’re sorry, hide away for a little bit, come back, work with the very people they hurt, then resume their position in power, when the rest of us have to fall to the back of the line and work our way back up.”
*sourced by bang showbiz