AceShowbiz - Jennifer Lopez becomes the latest celebrity to share her story with sexual harassment in Hollywood. In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, the 48-year-old singer/actress revealed that a director asked her to take off her shirt while she was starting her career.
"I haven't been abused in the way some women have," Lopez said without mentioning the name of the said director. "But have I been told by a director to take off my shirt and show my boobs? Yes, I have. But did I do it? No I did not."
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She said that she was scared to speak up as it could have affected her career. "When I did speak up, I was terrified," she recalled. "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."
However, she eventually did not regret her decision to speak up as she knew that his behavior wasn't right. "But in my mind I knew the behavior was wrong," she added. "It could have gone either way for me. But I think ultimately the Bronx in me was like, 'Nah, we're not having it.' "
Prior to this, the "Shades of Blue" actress showed her support of the movement during her visit to Puerto Rico back in January. She donned an all-black ensemble in solidarity with fellow female stars who attended the Golden Globes.
Lopez also called the movement "a beautiful time for women" in an interview with Billboard. She said, "We are really finding our voices. We are really coming out of the shadows and saying how we feel. [It's about] knowing our worth and our value and making the opposite sex aware of our worth and our value."
"It's a groundbreaking thing that's going on in the world right now," she continued. "Of course, I always support women speaking up. I'm super excited about the time we are living in right now -- especially for my daughter."