Ian McKellen is the latest A-lister to weigh in on sexual assault in Hollywood.
The Lord of the Rings actor made a few interesting points during a talk at Oxford University, alleging that actresses back in the sixties were throwing themselves at directors and offering them sex in exchange for roles.
“People must be called out and it’s sometimes very difficult for victims to do that,” he reportedly said during the talk.
“I hope we’re going through a period that will help to eradicate it altogether.
“But from my own experience, when I was starting acting in the early ’60s, the director of the theatre I was working at showed me some photographs he got from women who were wanting jobs… some of them had at the bottom of their photograph ‘DRR’ — directors’ rights respected.
“In other words, if you give me a job, you can have sex with me.
“That was commonplace from people who proposed that they should be a victim. Madness.
“People have taken advantage of that and encouraged it and it absolutely will not do.”
Ian McKellen also added that while all the victims coming forward and breaking their silence is a good thing, we also need to address the possibility that some people may be falsely accused…
“I assume nothing but good will come out of these revelations, even though some people get wrongly accused — there’s that side of it as well,” he added.
We’ll have to wait and see how his comments are received. And we’ll also have to wait and see what will happen to anyone who does find themselves wrongly accused of sexual harassment…
Watch this space!