In the wake of mounting sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, women and men have been sharing their stories about gender violence on social media, with the hashtag #MeToo. But before it became a trending topic, on Sunday, Björk opened up about her own brush with sexual harassment in a Facebook post.
Björk detailed her experience working with an unnamed Danish director, who reportedly repeatedly harassed her on-set. “It was extremely clear to me when I walked into the actresses profession that my humiliation and role as a lesser sexually harassed being was the norm and set in stone with the director and a staff of dozens who enabled it and encouraged it,” she wrote. “I became aware of that it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it.”
She claims that when she turned him down, the director responded by painting her as a “difficult” person to work with. “I walked away from it and recovered in a years time,” she wrote. “I am worried though that other actresses working with the same man did not.”
Björk has a limited number of acting credits beyond her roles in music videos, and while she hasn’t singled him out by name, she’s only worked with one Danish filmmaker on a feature-length project: director Lars von Trier, on the 2000 drama Dancer in the Dark. Understanding that Björk was implicitly accusing him of sexual harassment, von Trier denied the allegations to a Danish newspaper, as confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter. Their on-set conflicts have been widely reported, with many accounts referring to an “out-of-control” Björk who once ate her blouse piece-by-piece.