Lili Reinhart has revealed that she was sexually harassed as a teenager, by an older male colleague in a position of power. The Riverdale actress shared her story in a Tumblr post, explaining that in light of the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein, she felt the need to speak out.
"A man in a position of power over me used that said power to try and take advantage of me," Reinhart wrote, adding that the man was significantly older than her. "I'm not comfortable giving specific details about the situation because I don't feel it's necessary. All that matters is that he tried to force himself on me when we were on a date. I had to stop him and say 'No, I don't want that,' and 'I can't do that.' I physically walked away from the situation before it could get any worse. I remember feeling like this was a scene right out of a horror movie."
Reinhart went on to state that she asked the man in question to drive her home, but realized that he was driving towards his own apartment. "I knew if I made it there, something bad was going to happen to me," she recalled, adding that she told him to drop her off at home, and after making "some snarky comment", he agreed. "I just knew how wrong it felt and that I had been violated," she wrote.
The next day, Reinhart said, she tried to confront the man about how uncomfortable he had made her, and in response, he accused her of leading him on, "saying that 'I seemed like a sexual girl and that I'd be down for it.'" In the following days, she said, the man called her "a tease" and "the most manipulative woman he'd ever met." She felt the need to keep silent about the situation, she wrote, rather than speak out and risk holding up the production, which could get her a reputation as "dramatic and a diva."
Reinhart concluded her post expressing empathy for Weinstein's accusers and their reasons for staying silent. "I'm coming forward about my own experience to further express how common these assaults are in this industry and how important it is that we take action to fight against it."
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.