Jennifer Lopez opened up about her own #MeToo moment in a candid new interview

After decades of silence, the women of Hollywood are speaking up against sexual harassment and assault with the spread of the #MeToo movement and the founding of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. Since October 2017, women have been fighting back against their abusers, even being named Time‘s 2017 “Person of the Year” for the way they are reshaping the conversation surrounding sexual misconduct. And the movement has shown no signs of slowing down. Most recently, Jennifer Lopez added her voice to the chorus of women opening up about their experiences with sexual harassment.

In a cover feature for Harper’s Bazaar published today, March 15th, Lopez revealed that a director had once asked her to show him her breasts.

"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,"  she told the magazine. "But did I do it? No, I did not."

Lopez clarified that the harassment took place during one of the first movies she worked on, and she discussed the fear she felt in refusing to give in to the director’s advances.

"When I did speak up, I was terrified," she said. "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."

Lopez also noted that the encounter could have gone “either way,” but “ultimately the Bronx in me was like, ‘Nah, we’re not having it.’”

Even before she discussed her own sexual harassment, Lopez was an outspoken ally of both #MeToo and Time’s Up. Though she was in Puerto Rico on the day of the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, when celebrities wore black to endorse the work of the defense fund, she still managed to show her support. Clad in all black, she gave a powerful speech in a news conference, and later posted the footage on Instagram.

We admire Lopez for her continued support of other women, and we applaud her courage in talking about her own #MeToo story. We stand by all survivors of sexual harassment or assault, and we hope that one day we can achieve true gender equality.

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