LA-based Irish actress and former RTE presenter Caroline Morahan has claimed that every woman has experienced the “Weinstein effect”.
Morahan has spoken out about her experience in LA following a continuing wave of separate sexual harassment claims that have emerged against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Weinstein, who has "unequivocally denied" allegations of non-consensual sex, is currently under investigation by police in the U.K. and Los Angeles.
Morahan told the Irish Daily Star that a Premier League footballer once treated her like an “air-brained piece of totty”.
“I was working at a charity event in LA and this particular guy made a really degrading comment to me,” she said.
“I was the only woman present, and he thought that I was just some air-brained piece of totty. It was one of the few times in my life that I reacted in the moment and I cut him to the quick straight away.”
The actress, who is set to star alongside Oscar-winner Kathy Bates in the new Netflix comedy Disjointed, said she was also traumatised by incidents when she was a teenager.
“Every one of us have a situation where an uncomfortable event happened,” she said.
“For me I remember when I first started developing as a pubescent teenager being in compromising uncomfortable situations and having old men, probably married with children, making comments and looking at me in an insidious way.”
“I was completely traumatised. That really affected my confidence as a young girl growing up.”
She added: “It’s the same feeling as being bullied, it’s that horrible feeling in the pit of your stomach.”