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Natalie Portman Has '100 Stories' Of Sexual Misconduct, Discrimination

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Actress Natalie Portman, seen at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in January, has shared her own experiences of sexual discrimination and harassment. (Mario Anzuoni / Reuters)

When actress Natalie Portman heard the mounting allegations of sexual assault and misconduct in Hollywood, she said she considered herself lucky that she has never been personally assaulted.

Then she recalled “100 stories” of being sexually harassed and discriminated against during her own rise as an Academy Award-winning star, which are just as inexcusable but have been long ignored, she told entertainment website Vulture.

The “Black Swan” actress opened up about her own experiences on Sunday, saying that sexual harassment has become so commonplace for women that it’s taken for granted as “part of the process.”

“I’ve had discrimination or harassment on almost everything I’ve ever worked on in some way,” she said. “I went from thinking I don’t have a story to thinking, ‘Oh wait, I have 100 stories.’ And I think a lot of people are having these reckonings with themselves, of things that we just took for granted as like, this is part of the process.”


I’ve had discrimination or harassment on almost everything I’ve ever worked on in some way."

Sharing one disturbing example, she recalled being invited to ride on a producer’s private plane to a location. She was told members of his company would already be on board, but when she arrived, it was just the two of them, along with a single bed.

“This doesn’t make me feel comfortable,” she recalled telling the producer. “And that was respected. But that was super-not okay, you know? That was really unacceptable and manipulative and could have been — I was scared, you know?”

Read more of Vulture’s interview here.

Portman stressed that she’s not sure that men realize how physically vulnerable women can feel. Making matters worse, she noted that it’s common for movie sets to have very few women, “apart from hair, makeup, and wardrobe — the very stereotypical departments for women to be in.”

In other past instances involving male co-workers, she said her opinions were ignored or her input was deemed “exhausting.” Men with similar opinions or views were accepted, however.

The "Black Swan" actress is seen with her husband French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied in January. (Mike Blake / Reuters)

CBS co-host Charlie Rose is the latest high-profile man to face allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by women in recent weeks, leading to his firing on Tuesday.

Others include Sen. Al Franken, comedian Louis C.K., actor Kevin Spacey, filmmaker Brett Ratner, Alabama GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore, reporter Glenn Thrush, music mogul Russell Simmons, and movie producer Harvey Weinstein. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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