Oscar-nominated actress Naomie Harris has said that a #MeToo incident on one of her recent projects led to the “immediate” removal of the perpetrator, as she recalled another occasion when she was groped by a “big star” who faced no censorship. .
Harris, who played Moneypenny in the last three Bond films and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Moonlight in 2017, declined to name any of the men allegedly responsible.
In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, she recalled an incident she had previously commented on in which “a huge, huge star” put his hand up her skirt during an audition.
“What was so shocking was that the casting director was there and the director, and of course no one said anything because he was, he is, a huge star. That was my only #MeToo incident, so I felt very lucky given how pervasive that behavior was.
“Now things have definitely changed: I was in a project where there was a #MeToo incident and there were no doubts – [the perpetrator] it was immediately withdrawn, ”he said.
Harris’s comments came as Claire Foy, who starred in the Netflix drama The Crown, spoke about violence against women while promoting her latest project, A Very British Scandal. She plays the Duchess of Argyll, who was embarrassed in the 1960s after being secretly photographed giving oral sex to a man other than her husband. A judge in her divorce case dismissed the duchess as “a completely promiscuous woman.”
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Foy said: “Sex is the only thing you can get a woman for. It is a quick way to make a woman subhuman, wrong and strange. It happens in all areas of life. “
Foy spoke forcefully about how women are often given responsibility for their own safety, such as what to wear or what hand signal to give if they are in danger, rather than the responsibility to make men less violent.
“Hundreds of women are attacked every day,” he said. “It makes me very angry. How can you think about making women safe and think about getting more police officers, whom women don’t trust, to take care of them? We don’t need to be taken care of. We don’t need people to stop killing and raping us. That’s it. It is simple. And it is terrible to say, but they are men. It’s time to say, ‘Work that out. What are you going to do?'”
He added: “It’s like saying that a lot of dogs are killing cats, so let’s lock up the cats and let the dogs go. It does not make any sense. Basically women are just heaped up with the emotional burden and responsibility for everything. “