About Your Privacy on this Site
Welcome! To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads. Those advertisers use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on our sites and applications and across the Internet and your other apps and devices.
You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices. To avoid personalized advertising based on your mobile app activity, you can install the DAA’s AppChoices app here. You can find much more information about your privacy choices in our privacy policy. Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our sites and applications. By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can:
  • transfer your data to the United States or other countries; and
  • process and share your data so that we and third parties may serve you with personalized ads, subject to your choices as described above and in our privacy policy.
Greg Doherty/Getty

Justin Baldoni Claims a Hollywood Producer Sexually Harassed Him in Hot Tub

Posted on

Jane the Virgin‘s Justin Baldoni is spearheading change to improve the lives of women in the entertainment industry. The actor recently rallied for women’s advancement in Hollywood in an interview with the storytelling platform MAKERS and is also developing a weekly talk show titled Man Enough to explore and challenge “what it means to be a man today.” Now, the actor is shedding light on a pressing topic in the media over the last few months: masculinity and sexual harassment.

During the TedWomen conference, Baldoni told Glamour magazine that he stands with all the individuals who have come forward with sexual harassment stories because he experienced it himself during his early years of her career. “When I was 21 or so, I was very new in the business,” he said. “A girlfriend at the time had gotten me a spa certificate… I remember there were hot tubs and steam rooms and all kinds of stuff, and it’s kind of fancier people, wealthier guys. I went and jumped in the hot tub and I saw a guy kind of look over.”

“I saw him look over at me, jump out of the other hot tub, and jump in with me, and he said, ‘Oh what do you do? And I said, ‘Oh I’m an actor,’ and he explained, “Oh I’m a producer,’ and he started talking about all of the movies he’s done and all the people he knows. He’s friends with Clooney, Cheadle, and this person and this person, and he slowly started to try to get me to take off my pants because I had my bathing suit on and he was naked.”

The father-of-two said that as soon as he understood what was happening, he left the hot tub. But that wasn’t the end of his experiences with harassment. “I’ve also experienced [harassment] as a man from women of power,” he revealed. “I’ve had my ass grabbed multiple times by powerful women.”

Baldoni also admitted that he’s been on the giving end of inappropriate conduct toward women:  “I guarantee at some point in my life there is a woman or two that I in some way made uncomfortable by saying something or doing something that was chauvinistic or sexist….and all I can do is say, ‘I’m sorry, I was naive, I was young, I screwed up, and I’ll try to do better.'”