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Lili Reinhart reveals she was sexually harassed by a male colleague when she was a teen

Lili emotionally recounts the time a 'significantly older' male colleague 'forced himself' on her.

By Natasha Harding
Lili Reinhart Sexually Harassed

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, celebrities have been bravely coming forward about their experiences of sexual harassment and assault in the Hollywood.

Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart is the latest star to speak out about sexual harassment in the industry, sharing her own experience in a lengthy Tumblr post. In the piece Lili opens up about an incident from when she was a teen where “a man in a position of power over her” tried to take advantage of her.

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“I started to have a crush on a guy I was working with. He was incredibly charming and charismatic—we flirted for a while before we went on our first date,” she writes. “He was pretty significantly older than me, but I thought of myself as mature so it didn’t seem like a big deal.”

When he then tried to ‘force himself’ on her, she “had to stop him and say ‘No, I don’t want that,’ and ‘I can’t do that.’ I physically walked away from the situation before it could get any worse. I remember feeling like this was a scene right out of a horror movie.”

“After [an] awkward silence and me feeling completely violated and uncomfortable, he convinced me to get in his car—I assumed he was going to drive me home. I didn’t have any money and couldn’t afford a taxi or an Uber. So I figured it was okay.”

“As we were driving, I realised he was trying to take me back to his apartment. And I knew if I made it there, something bad was going to happen to me. I told him to drop me off at my home, that I didn’t want to go back to his place. He said some snarky comment but reluctantly brought me to where I was staying.”

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Now 21, Lili says, “Thinking back on it… the situation is hard for me to swallow. I was so young and didn’t know how to handle the situation. I just knew how wrong it felt and that I had been violated.”

To make things even worse, “This guy proceeded to tell me that it was my fault for leading him on. Saying that I seemed like a sexual girl and that I’d be down for it. That I misled him.”

Lili explains she felt pressured to stay quiet about the incident as she thought nobody would believe her and didn’t want to be cast as a ‘dramatic diva’. She went on to say that understands how stars in similar situations feel and stands with them in a display of solidarity to help fight and shed light on the under-publicised and deeply problematic issue.

Read Lili’s emotional post in full here.