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Sophia Bush pens powerful open letter to man who harassed her on plane: “women are sick of your s**t”

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After being harassed by a man on a flight last week, Sophia Bush decided that enough was enough.

The American actress decided to call out his unacceptable behaviour on Twitter, penning a powerful open letter to the passenger from hell – and offered her harasser some tips on how he should treat a strange woman next time he gets the urge to talk to one.

Addressing her letter to the “random dude” on the plane, Bush wrote: “When you make a woman so visibly uncomfortable that, after you’ve ignored all visual cues to please leave her alone (one word answers, she pulls out a book, pits on a hat, she actually asks you not to speak to her with the tone and words you’re choosing to use) that she finally gets up and moves seats, leave her alone.



“Do not continue trying to make conversation. 

"Stop turning around and looking at her. 

"Stop leaving out of your seat and towards her body when she has to grab something out of the overhead bin above her original seat and, sadly, also above you, mid-flight.”

Sophia Bush at New York Fashion Week

Sophia Bush at New York Fashion Week

The Chicago P.D actress went on to explain that, when she addressed the man’s behaviour in person, he claimed that she owed him her attention because he was a fan of her television show – and, as such, paid her bills.

“Stop believing that you are entitled to make me uncomfortable because you ‘watch my TV show’ so I owe you some magical debt,” she wrote.

“I make it, you watch it. After that, the ‘exchange’ is done.”



She finished: “You do not get to harass me because you think you pay our bills. You don’t bro, I do.”

Bush signed her letter from “every woman on the planet who is sick of your creepy shit.”

Read Sophia Bush’s full letter below:

It’s not the first time that a fan has demanded attention from a celebrity, claiming that they are ‘owed’ the attention.

Amy Schumer revealed on Instagram that she would be taking a firm ‘no pictures’ policy with fans after one ran up to her on the street in South Carolina.



The comedian wrote: “This guy in front of his family just ran up next to me scared the s**t out of me. Put a camera in my face

“I asked him to stop and he said ‘no it's America and we paid for you’ - this was in front of his daughter.

“I was saying stop and no. Great message to your kid.”

She finished: “Yes, legally you are allowed to take a picture of me. But I was asking you to stop and saying no.
 
“I will not take picture with people anymore and it's because of this dude in Greenville.”



Justin Bieber, meanwhile, proved that it is not an issue which solely affects female celebrities.

In a since-deleted Instagram post, he said that he had been left feeling like a “zoo animal” by demanding fans.

He wrote: “If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I'm not gonna take a picture I'm done taking pictures.

“It has gotten to the point that people won't even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity.”

The singer acknowledged that “people will be disappointed,” but went on to say that he doesn't “owe anybody a picture.”

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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