The entertainment industry is no stranger to stories of sexual harassment and abuse, with the #MeToo movement shining a light on the issue. In the latest episode of the “Brotherly Love” podcast, actor Matthew Lawrence shared his own experience of harassment in Hollywood.
During the episode, Lawrence recounted how he was fired from an agency after refusing to strip for a director involved in a Marvel project. “And then if I did X, Y and Z, I would be the next Marvel character. I didn’t do that, and my agency fired me because I left this director’s room,” he said.
Lawrence did not disclose the name of the agency involved. He went on to comment on the prevalence of powerful people in Hollywood using their power to influence others, saying, “it happens way more often than people know.”
Lawrence also highlighted the double standard when it comes to men admitting to being subject to sexual harassment. He pointed to fellow actor Terry Crews, who spoke out about being groped by an agent at a Hollywood party. “There’s a small percentage of us men that have experienced it, but because of this double standard, men are embarrassed to admit it,” Lawrence said.
The conversation on the “Brotherly Love” podcast highlights the need for more awareness and action to combat sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood, and to create a safer and more equitable industry for all.