Actor Matthew Lawrence opened up on the latest episode of his “Brotherly Love” podcast about his own sexual harassment experience in Hollywood, sharing he was fired from an agency after he refused to strip for a director involved in a Marvel project.
The 43-year-old actor recounted his experience during Friday’s episode, where he and his co-hosts, brothers and fellow actors Joey and Andrew Lawrence, delved into the dark side of the Hollywood entertainment industry.
“There have been many times in my life where I’ve been propositioned to get a huge role,” Lawrence said on the podcast. “I’ve lost my agency because I went to the hotel room, which I can’t believe they would send me to, of a very prominent Oscar award-winning director who showed up in his robe, asked me to take my clothes off and said he needed to take Polaroids of me.”
Lawrence added, “And then if I did X, Y and Z, I would be the next Marvel character. I didn’t do that, and my agency fired me because I left this director’s room.”
Lawrence went on to allege that his agency, whose name he did not disclose, ultimately fired him for leaving.
Within the larger context of the #MeToo movement conversation on the podcast, Lawrence commented on the prevalence in Hollywood of people with power “using their power to influence somebody else.”
“The one thing that’s very interesting that doesn’t get talked about enough in the #MeToo Movement is how this is a two-way street,” Lawrence said. “In fact, it’s a three, maybe a four-way street.”
Lawrence continued to state that there is a small percentage of men in Hollywood who have experienced sexual harassment, saying there is a “double standard” when it comes to men admitting they were subject to such circumstances. He specifically honed in on actor Terry Crews and his allegations that an agent groped him at a Hollywood party.
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