B&B’s Jacob Young, Sarah Joy Brown Speak Out on Industry Sexual Predators
Soap opera actors who have been targeted.
Updated on October 16: “B&B’s” Linsey Godfrey (Caroline) bravely took to Instagram to share a very personal story of her own childhood abuse then went on to tell those who have also suffered such heartache, “I want us to change the world. Just know it was never our dirty little secret, it was theirs. We had something done to us. We are survivors!”
On October 13, we brought news of Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein scandal, in which the American film producer and co-founder of Miramax films was exposed by the New York Times for decades of sexual harassment and assault involving numerous actresses such as Ashley Judd, who detailed an encounter with the producer in a Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel room. Soaps.com learned that when she arrived at the room, Judd claims she “found Weinstein waiting in a bathrobe. He asked her for a massage or if she could watch him shower.” Rose McGowan (“Charmed,” “The Black Dahlia,” “Grindhouse”) starred in “Scream,” in 1996, and was given a settlement of $100,000 with Weinstein over an alleged incident that happened in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival. As SheKnows states, “The legal document reportedly underscored that it was ‘not to be construed as an admission’ by Weinstein but intended to ‘avoid litigation and buy peace’.” Angelina Jolie alleged that she had an encounter with Weinstein while working on “Playing by Heart,” and explained that the producer made unwanted advances toward her. Gwyneth Paltrow also alleged that Weinstein made sexual advances toward her and she reported it to then boyfriend, Brad Pitt, who in turn confronted Weinstein about his abhorrent behavior.
As more allegations surfaced, Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman left him, and in a statement to People said, “My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband. Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”
As the Weinstein scandal brought the topic of sexual predators in the entertainment industry to the forefront in the media, soap actor Jacob Young, who plays “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Rick Forrester, took to Twitter to speak out on the subject. Young shared that he experienced targeting by sexual predators during his 17 years in the industry, and stated, “Glad 2 see light being shed on sexual predators in the industry. Its been happening since the dawn of entertainment. I myself have been pray 2 powerful Hollywood elites advances. Somehow it’s been accepted that it’s “ok” for these types 2 be inappropriate w/starry eyed talent.”
The actor wasn’t the only person in the soap opera industry to come forward in the wake of the Weinstein revelations, as soap vet Sarah Joy Brown, who played “B&B’s” Agnes Jones from 2009 – 2011, also came forward on social media with a related story. She told her followers, “I reported a Director who assaulted me several years ago my representative advised me it was best not to make trouble if I wanted to work.”
.Glad 2 see light being shed on sexual predators in the industry. Its been happening since the dawn of entertainment. I myself have been pray 2 powerful Hollywood elites advances. Somehow it’s been accepted that it’s “ok” for these types 2 be inappropriate w/starry eyed talent.
— Jacob W. Young (@Jacob_W_Young) October 13, 2017
I reported a Director who assaulted me several years ago my representative advised me it was best not to make trouble if I wanted to work.
— Sarah Joy Brown (@sarahjoybrown) October 10, 2017
I want us to change the world.
Just know it was never our dirty little secret, it was theirs. We had something done to us. We are survivors!
— Linsey Godfrey (@linseygodfrey) October 16, 2017
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