'It Happens Everywhere', Says Priyanka Chopra On Sexual Harassment Debate

| October 20 , 2017 , 18:58 IST

Ever since Harvey Weinstein's decades' old sexual assault cases became public, the exploitation in the film industry has become the talk of the town for every other actor. Bollywood's favourite actress, Priyanka Chopra who is on the way of capturing Hollywood with her acting prowess is the latest name added to the list of actresses who have openly talked sexual harassment in the film industry.

While talking on the Marie Claire Power Trip talk session, the actress opened about the sexual abuse and harassment towards female actors in both Bollywood and Hollywood, she said, "There is not just 'a Harvey Weinstein' in Hollywood, there are many. It happens everywhere."

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In her discussion with Anne Fulenwider, Priyanka said, "It is not about sex, it is about power. About putting a woman in 'her lane.' For the longest time women have been told only one of us will survive. Only the best girl will get the job. But that just can't be tolerated anymore. Look around this room, full of incredible women who have fought."

When asked if there is a Harvey Weinstein in her circle, Priyanka answered, "I don't think there's 'a' Weinstein. I don't even think there's one Weinstein in Hollywood. There are a lot more men, and not just in India, but everywhere else. Just men trying to take away power (from women)."

Women have always suffered due to the unfair practices against them in every field, especially in showbiz. Referring to the unjustified behaviour, she said, "In our business, if you don't stroke someone's ego, or network, you're threatened that you'll not get that movie. Or this 'big boys club' will get together and boycott you. So, as a woman you feel alone, that my work might get shattered, because this club can just take that away."

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Following Rose McGowan accusation on the Hollywood's movie mogul, many old cases filed by popular actresses including Angelina Jolie and Heather Graham surfaced proving that the producer has indeed tried to sexually exploit many actresses. Priyanka might not have admitted to being exploited but her statements signify that the level of exploitation has reached an alarming height.

The 35-year-old actress is currently shooting for the third instalment of her American television show 'Quantico'. She made her Hollywood debut with 'Baywatch' earlier this year and has Hollywood films like 'A Kid Like Jake' and 'Isn't It Romantic?' in her kitty.