After an old interview resurfaced and went viral this past week, Megan Fox is speaking out about her past experiences as a woman working in Hollywood.
In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel (back in 2009) Fox revealed how she was sexualized by director Michael Bay while she was a minor.
Fox tells Kimmel in the clip how when she was 15 on the set of Bad Boys II she was made to wear a “stars and stripes bikini and a red cowboy hat and, like, six-inch heels.”
And when Bay was informed that Fox was not allowed to sit at the bar for the scene since she was in fact, underate, the actress said his solution was to have her “dancing underneath a waterfall getting soaking wet,” which Kimmel teased is a “microcosm of how all our minds work.”
This past Monday, Fox, 34, then released a statement to Instagram where she admitted to having “harrowing experiences,” but not because of Bay.
“I know that a discussion has erupted online surrounding some of my experiences in Hollywood and the subsequent mishandling of this information by the media and society in general,” Fox started. “While I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support, I do feel I need to clarify some of the details as they have been lost in the retelling of the events and cast a sinister shadow that doesn’t really, in my opinion, belong. At least not where it’s currently being projected.”
Fox went on to explain how when she was only “15 or 16” while filming Bad Boys II, she was “19 or 20” when she worked with Bay again on Transformers and “did ‘work’ (me pretending to know how to hold a wrench) on one of Michael’s Ferrari’s during one of the audition scenes.”
But Fox did clarify that she did not film the audition at his home.
“It was at the Platinum Dunes studio parking lot, there were several other crew members and employees present and I was at no point undressed or anything similar,” she said. “So as far as this particular audition story I was not underaged at the time and I was not made to ‘wash’ or work on someone’s cars in a way that was extraneous from the material in the actual script.”
Fox continued to thank her fans for their support while also noting how “these specific instances were inconsequential in a long and arduous journey along which I have endured some genuinely harrowing experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry.”
“There are many names that deserve to be going viral in cancel culture right now, but they are safely stored in the fragmented recesses of my heart,” she explained. “But when it comes to my direct experiences with Michael, and Steven [Spielberg] for that matter, I was never assaulted or preyed upon in what I felt was a sexual manner.”
She ended her statement by supporting those “who are brave enough to speak out,” sharing how “grateful” she feels that people want to “support, uplift, and bring comfort to those who have been harmed by a violent and toxic societal paradigm.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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