Mary J. Blige Weighs In On Sexual Assault

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Mary J. Blige Weighs In On Sexual Assault

As part of The Hollywood Reporter’s latest actress roundtable, Mudbound star Mary J. Blige discussed the onslaught of sexual harassment and assault allegations that has rippled through Hollywood and beyond.

Blige says that while she herself hasn’t experienced sexual harassment in Hollywood — “I was always kind of like a tomboy and one of the guys”– she’s “happy” for the women who have shared their accounts of sexual harassment because it has allowed them to become free, and is optimistic about the future.

“I believe things will change because it’s making other women say, ‘Me too, me too,’ and that’s why it keeps happening every day,” she said. “And it will change things because people don’t want to be in bondage anymore.”

Mary says she tried to cover her femininity because of what she had experienced as a child and favored “baggier jeans and Timberlands” over more revealing clothes. “It took me a very long time to even wear makeup and tight clothes because I’d been through so much,” she added, revealing that she still struggles with her own secrets, even though she opened up about being abused as a child on Oprah back in 2006.

“I’m happy that these women are hopefully free because it hurts,” she continued. “I’m happy people are being exposed and [are] exposing people.”

Click here to watch Mary J. Blige’s roundtable discussion.

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