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“I don’t know if I can say for sure that I have worked at a job before Lovecraft – since the age of 12 – where I had not been sexually harassed, either by a [assistant director], a co-star, director, producer… ”she said.
At 33, Smollett had a successful career in Hollywood. She played in The Bayou d’Eve, The great debaters (2007), as well as Friday night lights and Real blood.
“Like, a guy that says before we’re about to do this love scene, ‘Hey, your boobs are going to be hanging in the wind’, that’s not OK,” she said, before to reveal that she strayed from a project because the misconduct was so bad. “And they let me out.
“And I’m not apologizing,” she said. “I’ll be like, ‘Look, this bogus sexual harassment meeting that we have, I’m going to put my hand up now and let you know that the standards they’re setting are the bare minimum.’ ”
Lovecraft Country premieres on HBO, August 16.