Ghanaian actress Lydia Forson has spoken about the allegations of sexual harassment in the movie industry and has said that she had a producer ask to see her breast once.
“Earlier in my career, a small time producer asked to see my breast for a role I was auditioning for and I said no and walked out,” she told BBC’s Focus On Africa in the episode that aired on October 14, 2017.
Lydia’s comments come after allegations against film producer, Harvey Weinstein, which has shocked many in Hollywood and around the world.
“It’s unfortunate that it’s very common but it cuts across everywhere. Women are subjected to unwanted sexual advances from men in powerful positions especially, who want to take advantage of their vulnerability. In Africa, where there’s a lot of poverty and people are looking for jobs, they know how to feed off people’s desperation.”
She related the story of an actress who had movie producers asking her for sex before giving her any roles.
“An actress walked up to me and said she had been trying to break up into the industry for several years but every producer wants to sleep with her and they named some big actresses that they slept with before giving them roles and threaten them if they refused to cooperate.”