Following the numerous allegations of sexual assault against film exec Harvey Weinstein, Björk has come out with her own account of misogyny and harassment in the movie industry.
“I am inspired by the women everywhere who are speaking up online to tell about my experience with a Danish director,” she wrote on Facebook. “Because I come from a country that is one of the world’s place closest to equality between the sexes, and at the time I came from a position of strength in the music world with hard earned independence; it was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actress’ profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it.”
She continues to explain that after confronting the unnamed director about his behavior, he began to treat other actresses with more respect:
“I became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it. When I turned the director down repeatedly he sulked and punished me and created for his team an impressive net of illusion where I was framed as the difficult one. Because of my strength, my great team and because I had nothing to lose having no ambitions in the acting world, I walked away from it and recovered in a year’s time. I am worried though that other actresses working with the same man did not. The director was fully aware of this game and I am sure that the film he made after was based on his experiences with me. Because I was the first one that stood up to him and didn’t let him get away with it. And in my opinion he had a more fair and meaningful relationship with his actresses after my confrontation. so there is hope. Let’s hope this statement supports the actresses and actors all over.”
Björk hasn’t done many movies, but she starred in Lars Von Trier’s 2000 film Dancer in the Dark. She’s also worked with directors Robert Altman, Nietzchka Keene and Kristín Jóhannesdóttir.