Moby is creepily claiming that he dated Natalie Portman, and she's calling him out for it
Over the past two years, the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have made huge strides in the ways we talk about sexual misconduct. But unfortunately, inappropriate behavior is still something that far too many women deal with in their everyday lives. In the most recent unsettling example, musician and producer Moby claimed that he “dated” Natalie Portman, but Portman says that, actually, his behavior was just “creepy.”
According to Harper’s BAZAAR, Moby claims in his new memoir, Then It Fell Apart, that he met Portman in 1999 at a concert when she was 20 and he was 33. He writes that he “tried to be her boyfriend” until she told him she had met someone else. However, Portman told the magazine that this isn’t actually what happened.
“I was surprised to hear that he characterized the very short time that I knew him as dating because my recollection is a much older man being creepy with me when I just had graduated high school,” she said.
Harper’s BAZAAR notes that Portman was born in 1981, meaning she turned 18 in 1999, when Moby claims to have met her. He was 33 at the time.
Portman recalled meeting Moby at a concert and him telling her “let’s be friends.” She said that they only saw each other a few times before she figured out “this was an older man who was interested in me in a way that felt inappropriate.”
After Portman disavowed Moby’s account of things, he doubled down, sharing a picture of the two of them to Instagram. In his caption, he wrote, “after briefly dating in 1999, we remained friends for years.”
Many Twitter users sided with Portman, arguing that, yes, his behavior toward her was gross.
And others pointed out that sexualizing young actresses only contributes to this creepiness.
The bottom line is that no matter what happened between Portman and Moby, a 33-year-old attempting to “date” an 18-year-old should be a huge red flag. We’re with you, Natalie.