In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, actor Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV show of the same name, opened up about her own experiences with sexual abuse and harassment throughout her long career in the film and television industry.
One such experience, she said, took place on the set of Wonder Woman, which ran for three seasons on ABC and CBS and was produced by Warner Bros. “There was a cameraman who drilled a hole in my dressing room wall on the Warner Brothers lot,” Carter said. She did not name the man. “They caught him, fired him, and drummed him out of the business.” (Warner Bros. declined Allure‘s request to comment on the allegations.)
Carter also told The Daily Beast that she was abused by a man who is currently being accused of abuse by others. The actress declined to name the man or give details of his alleged misconduct and said that although she considered taking legal action against him, she ultimately decided not to. “He’s already being done in. There’s no advantage in piling on again,” Carter said, before adding that whatever punishment he is facing “isn’t enough” and hadn’t brought her any satisfaction.
“I can’t add anything to it. I wish I could. But there’s nothing, legally, I could add to it, because I looked into it. I’m just another face in the crowd,” she said. “I wish I could, and if I could, I would. And I would talk about it. But it ends up being about me, and not about the people who can talk about it. I don’t want it to be about me, it’s not about me. It’s about him being a scumbag.”
The 66-year-old, who said she’s “probably still” recovering from the alleged abuse, stated that she stands with all the women who have accused high-profile men of sexual misconduct. “I believe every woman in the Bill Cosby case,” she said, adding that she believes President Donald Trump’s accusers, too: “Why would they lie? I believe the women.”
When asked by The Daily Beast whether Cosby was the one who abused Carter, her rep reportedly said that Carter “doesn’t want to name any names.”
Unfortunately, experiences of sexual misconduct weren’t isolated incidents in Carter’s career. “I fended off my share. And I’ve been afraid. If a man tried something, I would say, ‘Are you kidding me?'” she said, noting that these men would often attempt to laugh off their behavior “so there was an element of deniability there.”
She added that she never reported any of these instances. “No, because who are you going to tell? Who are you going to tell except your girlfriends and your circle of friends? You’d say or hear, ‘Stay away from that guy.’ ‘Watch out for this casting director.’ And so you would hear it from other people, other people would hear it from other people. ‘Watch out for so and so,'” she said. “That’s how you protected yourself: through the grapevine. We were women’s lib, burn the bra. We weren’t going to take any shit from people. So we felt strong in that, but there were still not a lot of parts for us.”
Carter also pointed to the risk that exposing a man’s alleged misconduct would result in retaliation and hurt her career. “Who are you going to tell, your agent? Who’s going to believe you?” she said. “But it was everywhere. You’d see girls being shaken in acting classes. And the #MeToo movement is happening not just with actresses, but maids and caregivers, everywhere.” Carter continued, “I asked my husband if he was surprised by all the #MeToo stories. ‘Yeah, I’m surprised,’ he said. Ask any woman, they’re not surprised. It’s been going on for years. It’s not news to us [women], but it is news to you [men]. We’ve been trying to tell you. We’ve been trying to tell you for a long time and you haven’t listened.”
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