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Tony Goldwyn is joining the chorus of Hollywood stars coming forward to share their own stories of sexual harassment.
The Scandal actor revealed in an interview with Access Hollywood that he became a victim of the industry “casting couch” during his last year of acting school, and felt compelled to speak up about the issue after reading Lupita Nyong’o’s op-ed for The New York Times, in which she detailed her own harrowing experience with disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein.
In her column, the Oscar winner claimed Weinstein made unwanted advances to her on more than one occasion, and once threatened her career after she turned him down.
Goldwyn shared that he was “horrified and moved” by Nyong’o’s story, one of many that have come to light in the wake of numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations surrounding Weinstein.
“It happened to me as a young guy, when I was literally Lupita’s age. It happened to me by a man and it wasn’t as extended or awful as what Lupita went through, but it was the same thing,” said the actor. “It was the casting couch and I didn’t understand quite what was going on, or what was happening.”
Added Goldwyn, “I thought it was my fault. I thought I was misunderstanding the situation, and only afterwards did I realize what had happened. It took me a couple years to get over it. It was similar in that I got out of the situation. It’s something women have to deal with in every situation, in every industry with powerful men.”
On Friday, shortly after Nyong’o’s op-ed was published by the Times, Goldwyn tweeted his support, writing, “Women need to know your brothers have your backs. Real men aren’t ‘like that.’ End the silence.”
— Tony Goldwyn (@tonygoldwyn) October 20, 2017
Since allegations of harassment by Weinstein first surfaced, numerous actors — including Terry Crews, Reese Witherspoon and more — have opened up about their own experiences being harassed by other top industry execs.
Goldwyn told Access Hollywood, “This is about awareness. This is not a new thing. It’s something that we all need to take responsibly for.”