Vivica A. Fox says she’s fortunate to not have been the victim of sexual harassment throughout her career.
via Page Six:
The 54-year-old, who has successfully made her mark in film and television since the late ‘80s, told Fox News she was never a victim of sexual assault in her journey to stardom.
“I’ve been fortunate that it hasn’t happened in my career,” she explained. “I can’t say I haven’t been hit on. … I just tried to make better choices. … But I respect those that speak out and I’m all about women’s empowerment… and not being taken advantage of.”
“And it doesn’t happen just in show business,” she added. “It happens in a lot of different genres. … If someone is offering you a shortcut, don’t do it.”
Fox is aware of the #MeToo movement that has taken over the entertainment industry after movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault, rape and abuse by several actresses and models in late 2017.
And while she fully supports calling out and punishing male sexual transgressions, she also believes false accusations made on others could be harmful, especially to those proven to be innocent later on.
“I’m happy about the #MeToo movement for the simple fact that it brought exposure to those who were abusing their power,” she said. “However, I’m not happy with those who are using the #MeToo movement to be an excuse to take down people… It takes two to tango.”
Fox stressed the secret behind her own success has simply been putting in the work, even if that means skipping any shortcuts along the way.
“You’ve got to do the work,” said Fox. “If someone is trying to offer you an opportunity through the casting couch, don’t do it!”