Megan Fox has addressed comments she made about Transformers director Michael Bay during an interview in 2009 after they resurfaced recently.
While being interviewed by host Jimmy Kimmel on his Jimmy Kimmel Live! show 11 years ago the conversation turned to auditions, with actress Fox recalling her first meeting with Bay which took place when she was a teenager after she auditioned for a role as an extra on his film Bad Boys II.
She mentioned that Bay had "approved" her outfit of a bikini, heels and cowboy hat and that he had got around the fact that she couldn't hold a drink in the scene by having her dance under a waterfall, commenting that it was "a microcosm of how Bay's mind works" – comments which people have once again been talking about over the past few days.
Fox has now written a statement on Instagram in response to the renewed attention which she captioned "May we all continue waking up", in which she spoke about the discussion that has "erupted online surrounding some of [her] experiences in Hollywood and the subsequent mishandling of this information by the media and society in general".
She went on to say that she appreciates the "outpouring of support" but that she wanted to "clarify some of the details as they have been lost in the retelling of the events and cast a sinister shadow that doesn't really, in [her] opinion, belong".
The actress explained that she had been around "15 or 16 years old" when she was cast in Bad Boys II but that when she auditioned for Transformers she was "19 or 20". She added that she did pretend to work on a Ferrari during an audition scene but that "there were several other crew members and employees present and [she] was at no point undressed or anything similar".
Reiterating that she was not underage or made to do anything that was not required by the script during the audition process, she asked people to form their opinions based on "the facts of the events" and said that during her experiences with Bay she was "never assaulted or preyed upon in what [she] felt was a sexual manner".
However Fox did suggest that she has been in unrelated uncomfortable situations during her career, saying that she has "endured some genuinely harrowing experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry" and she added that "there are many names that deserve to be going viral in cancel culture right now" but seemed to say that she will not be naming anybody.
"I'm thankful to all of you who are brave enough to speak out and I'm grateful to all of you who are taking it upon yourselves to support, uplift, and bring comfort to those who have been harmed by a violent and toxic societal paradigm," she ended her statement.
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