Lynda Carter reflects on her own history dealing with sexual harassment in Hollywood in a new interview with The Daily Beast. The “Wonder Woman” icon told the publication that she was the victim of sexual abuse in the past and that her abuser is now facing justice and some form of punishment. Carter did not name her abuser or get into the specifics of his punishment.
“He’s already being done in. There’s no advantage in piling on again,” Carter said about. “I can’t add anything to it. I wish I could. But there’s nothing legally I could add to it, because I looked into it. I’m just another face in the crowd.”
Carter said she “fended off” her share of abusers throughout her career as a television star. The actress explained to The Daily Beast that she never reported the incidents because men would be ready to disprove her at every turn, so she relied on confiding in female friends.
“Who are you going to tell except your girlfriends and your circle of friends?” she said. “You’d say or hear, ‘Stay away from that guy.’ ‘Watch out for this casting director.’ 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.”
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One incident Carter explained was when when a cameraman on the set of “Wonder Woman” drilled a hole in her dressing room wall so that he could watch her change clothes. The actress compared the cameraman to a “Peeping Tom.”
“There was a cameraman who drilled a hole in my dressing room wall on the Warner Brothers lot,” she said. “They caught him, fired him, and drummed him out of the business.”
Carter’s unnamed abuser is similarly facing justice now. When talking about him, the actress mentioned she believes “every woman in the Bill Cosby case.” Carter’s representatives wouldn’t confirm or deny Cosby was her abuser.
Head over to The Daily Beast to read Carter’s interview in its entirety.