Emmy-nominated screenwriter Krista Vernoff has spoken out about experiences of uninvited touching from an unnamed studio executive.
Currently serving as showrunner on Grey’s Anatomy, Vernoff detailed her experiences in a series of tweets posted on Friday (July 27).
In the posts, Vernoff told of how a “studio president liked to give shoulder massages”.
While she “didn’t think he had any ill intentions” and she did “not think he was sexually innapropriate,” Vernoff stated: “I don’t ever get neck massages… because I always end up at the chiropractor afterwards.”
She went on to reveal the unnamed studio executive was “unintentionally hurting” her and that she was “afraid to ask him to stop”.
However, because the “president” had “so much power” and Vernoff “needed him on side”, she “let him rub my neck through meetings” and “just kept going to the chiropractor”.
“I’m a bad ass. I’m a brave woman,” added Vernoff. “And I could not bring myself to say, ‘Please don’t do that, it kinda hurts’.
“Can you imagine what it is to come out publicly and say, ‘That very powerful man pinned me down and stuck his tongue down my throat?’ So when multiple women in Hollywood are brave enough to speak up about one powerful man? I believe them. #CBS and #LeslieMoonves.”
Moonves is the CEO of global broadcasting corporation CBS. He was recently the subject of a New Yorker report by Ronan Farrow which quoted six women about multiple instances of inappropriate sexual conduct by him.
Moonves has released a statement in which he claimed he has “never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone’s career.”
However, he also recognised “mistakes” and talked about “times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances”.
CBS has opened a sexual misconduct inquiry into the allegations made in the New Yorker article.
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