During Tuesday’s episode of The Real, Adrienne Bailon talked about some of the sexual harassment she experienced as a young woman in the entertainment business.
On the show, Bailon—who before becoming a host on The Real was a member of the Disney-curated group The Cheetah Girls and also the great 3LW—told of a time an executive blatantly violated her physical space. “I even experienced an executive that would kiss me on the lips,” she says. “It consistently happened to the point where I was like, ‘This ain’t cool, man. Now he knows I’m not going to say anything.’ Which is not okay.”
The hosts were in the middle of a discussion about Michelle Obama’s speech about sexual harassment, which was tied to Donald Trump’s hot mic comments about grabbing pussies.
Bailon noted that many women, particularly young naive women, bottle up those moments and don’t speak up out of fear. “To be honest, I thought it was an accident,” says Bailon of the first time the kiss happened. “Obviously that happened then, I would never allow that to happen now, but a lot of women are in fear. And you ask yourself, well why do they let them get away with it? Fear has a big part to do with it. And two, these men are usually famous. Because you’re famous, you can get away with it.”