Jane Seymour says sexual harassment almost made her quit acting

Jane Seymour almost put the kibosh on her Hollywood career before it even started after a powerful producer sexually harassed and threatened her.

The actress, 66, explained Tuesday that she ventured across the pond from her native England to screen test for a movie.

"I did the screen test, and then another major producer asked if he could meet me, and he had another movie that he wanted me to star in – it was very exciting," she told Australian morning show Sunrise.

The former Bond Girl says the producer invited her to his home for what she thought would be a professional meeting so she could see her successful screen test.

"I went to the house, expecting to see lots of other people there, and there was no one there. He showed me the screen test I had done, and then he sat down next to me and said, 'Well, I've told everyone you're perfect for my movie and I can't wait. I've done my bit. Now it's your turn to do your bit'," she recalled.

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Seymour says she initially didn't understand what he was getting at, and innocently told him that she'd do a great screen test for him – but then things escalated, and the producer placed his hand on her thigh.

"He said, 'No, no, you know what you have to do'. And I'm going, 'No, I don't'. And he put his hand on my thigh, way up high. And being very British, I sort of crossed my legs and started scooting down the couch until I'd ended up with no couch left and I really had no option but to stand up and just say, 'Please help me get home'," she said.

As she waited for a cab to take her home, Seymour says the unnamed Hollywood honcho threatened to blacklist her from potential roles if she ever spoke up about their encounter, and instructed to her lie about ever having been at his house.

"He was the most powerful man in Hollywood at that time. And he said, 'If you ever tell anyone that this happened, or that you were even here in my house... You'll never work ever again anywhere on the planet,'" she said, adding that the "devastating" encounter stopped her from being an actress for an entire year, and almost caused her to quit completely.

It's unclear when the incident took place, but Seymour's break out role came in 1973, when she starred as Bond Girl Solitaire in Live and Let Die.

Seymour's confession finds her in good company; since The New Yorker and The New York Times exposed Harvey Weinstein's decades of alleged misconduct last month, hundreds of other men and women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment aimed at everyone from Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner to Dustin Hoffman and Jeremy Piven.

TNS

Fuente: WAIKATO TIMES