Mexican actress Karla Souza, who is famous for playing Laurel Castillo on the hit ABC legal drama series How to Get Away with Murder has spoken out about her #MeToo moment, telling CNN in an interview that she endured harassment and rape from a director early in her career. Speaking with reporter Carmen Aristegui, Souza said that she and the director had been placed in a hotel seperate from the rest of the crew, and that the director, whom she declined to name, would make uninvited visits to her room in the middle of the night. When she refused to open her door, she said, he would behave abusively towards her on set the next day. After repeated pressure, she said she “ended up allowing to him to kiss me, to touch me in ways I did not want him to touch me and in one of the instances he violently assaulted me and, yes, he raped me.”
On Tuesday, Mexican mass media company Televisa announced that they were cutting all ties with director Gustavo Loza “after a preliminary investigation” prompted by Souza’s public claim of sexual abuse. Souza has declined to confirm whether Loza was the director to whom she had referred. In a statement released on Twitter, she wrote: “I am proud to stand in solidarity with my sisters in Mexico and women around the world whose voices are finally being heard and saying #TIMESUP.”
I am proud to stand in solidarity with my sisters in Mexico and women around the world whose voices are finally being heard and saying #TIMESUP.
— Karla Souza (@KarlaSouza7) February 21, 2018
Speaking with Aristegui on Wednesday morning, Loza proclaimed his innocence and denounced Televisa’s decision to cut ties as a baseless “lynching.” He added that he once had a consensual relationship with Souza, and described the actress as a friend.
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