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Bjork Reveals She Was Sexually Harassed By A Danish Director

October 16, 2017 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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After the news broke about Harvey Weinstein, a number of actresses and actors have come out with their own tales of sexual harassment and assault. It’s not just actresses that are vulnerable, as Bjork revealed her own tale of abuse in a post on Facebook.

She wrote: “I am inspired by the women everywhere who are speaking up online to tell about my experience with a danish director. Because I come from a country that is one of the worlds place closest to equality between the sexes and at the time I came from position of strength in the music world with hard earned independence, it was extremely clear to me when i walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it. I became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it. When I turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one . because of my strength, my great team and because i had nothing to loose having no ambitions in the acting world, I walked away from it and recovered in a years time. I am worried though that other actresses working with the same man did not. The director was fully aware of this game and i am sure of that the film he made after was based on his experiences with me. Because i was the first one that stood up to him and didn’t let him get away with it and in my opinion he had a more fair and meaningful relationship with his actresses after my confrontation so there is hope. Let’s hope this statement supports the actresses and actors all over. Let’s stop this. There is a wave of change in the world. Kindness, Bjork.

She’s acted in several films, including Dancer in the Dark from Lars von Trier, which won her Best Actress at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. Her song “I’ve Seen It All” from that film got her an Academy Award nomination.

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