According to Jurnee Smollett, she has been subjected to sexual harassment on a regular basis while working in Hollywood. Hot New Hip Hop picked up on comments from the actress today in which she explained how she has been harassed on nearly every set.
The sister of Jussie Smollett says that before she made it big on the HBO series, Lovecraft Country, there has only been one set where she wasn’t subjected to sexual harassment. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jurnee shared her thoughts.
According to Jurnee, she honestly can’t say whether there has been a time when she wasn’t subjected to sexual harassment since she was 12-years-old. The harassment comes from all over, she says, including from co-stars, directors, producers, and others.
By the time she turned 33-years-old, she had a successful career in Hollywood and has starred in projects like True Blood, Friday Night Lights, as well as The Great Debaters. Jurnee also says she has had to back out of projects due to harassment.
On one set, Jurnee explained, a man said to her, “hey, your tits are going to be hanging in the wind.” Jurnee claims when she bows out of a project, she doesn’t apologize for it either. She thinks the standards for thwarting sexual harassment are currently at their bare minimum.
The response to Jurnee’s complaints has not been positive. For instance, in the comment section of Hot New Hip Hop, commenters put her on blast for a number of reasons, however, the overwhelming majority pointed out that she was the sister of Jussie.
One commenter suggested anyone with that last name would never have a shred of credibility ever again. Others insinuated that she didn’t really have much to complain about considering she probably “makes millions.”
As most know, Jurnee is the sister of Jussie Smollett, the man who has been accused of faking a hate crime against himself for monetary and career gain. Jussie is currently in the middle of a federal trial because of his alleged actions.