Wonder Woman’s Lynda Carter opens up about her own terrifying sexual harassment ordeal

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Actress Lynda Carter has revealed the sexual harassment she suffered on set of Wonder Woman

From Reese Witherspoon to Selma Blair and Gwyneth Paltrow, in recent months many women in Hollywood have shared their own #MeToo story as the movement continues to gather pace in 2018. 

And now, Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman, has added to it by sharing details of the sexual harassment she suffered onset of the successful TV series.

Without naming the individual, Carter revealed that he had “violated a lot of people”.

“He’s already being done in. There’s no advantage in piling on again,” Carter told The Daily Beast, adding that she’d explored legal options in naming him, but to no avail.

The TV series, which ran from 1975-79, saw Carter play the iconic character with aplomb. But, she was subjected to a second instance of sexual harassment during filming when a cameraman thought he could spy on her.

“There was a cameraman who drilled a hole in my dressing room wall on the Warner Brothers lot,” she said. Thankfully, he was later fired for his behaviour. 

Carter as Wonder Woman in the TV series which aired from 1975-79. 

Carter also said that women have been trying to tell men about the sexual harassment we’re subjected to on a daily basis for a “long time” but they “haven’t listened”. Instead, women in the film industry have had to devise a way to protect themselves.

“Who you are going to tell except your girlfriends and your circle of friends? You’d say or hear, ‘Stay away from that guy.’ ‘Watch out for this casting director’,” explained Carter. “And so you would hear it from other people, other people would hear it from other people. ‘Watch out for so and so.’ That’s how you protected yourself: through the grapevine.”

Despite the abuse Carter suffered on set, she has always loved Wonder Woman, and has voiced her support for remakes. After the release of Patty Jenkins’ version, featuring Gal Gadot as the character in 2017, Carter responded to the criticism from director James Cameron, who called the superhero “an objectified icon”.

“STOP dissing [Wonder Woman]: You poor soul. Perhaps you do not understand the character. I most certainly do. Like all women–we are more than the sum of our parts. Your thuggish jabs at a brilliant director, Patty Jenkins, are ill advised,” Carter wrote.

You tell ‘em, Carter. 

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