Monday, October 16, 2017 5:18am ET by Pressparty
Björk on being sexually harassed by Danish film director
(Updated October 17. Click on the link below for further details)
Icelandic star, Björk, uploaded a Facebook post yesterday (October 15) in which she talks about being sexually harrassed by a Danish film director.
The 'State of Emergency' singer's revelations follow on from the numerous allegations against film mogul, Harvey Weinstein, which span events over four decades.
Already having a succesful music career, 'The Gate' singer had the strength to reject his advances but he made the filming experience 'difficult' for her as a result.
Björk starred in Lars Von Trier's Dancer In The Dark in 2000. The film won the Cannes Film Festival prestigious Palm d'Or award and Björk won the Best Actress award.
Von Trier's other films include Breaking The Waves, Europa, The Land of Opportunities and Nymphomaniac. He has directed Nicole Kidman, Emily Watson and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Although, she has not named the director, this is the one film she has starred in which was directed by a Dane.
Björk's Facebook post is in its entirety below:
"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.
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