Harvey Weinstein accuser Lauren Sivan also was sexually harassed by Roger Ailes

Harvey Weinstein was one incident, and it was gross (he masturbated in front of me into a potted plant at a New York restaurant), but women have multiple stories of harassers, and I am one of them. I have worked in news since I was 19. My first job out of college was at Fox News. I thought it was normal, to feel like you had to be attractive to men to get ahead. Before I went on-air in a local market, I was a producer for eight years. I'd see it all from the production side: Female talent would show up for work and boss Roger Ailes would call down to the control room and say her skirt was too long, she's not wearing high heels, tell her to change: "I don't want to see flats ever again." I would think, "It's television — there's an aesthetic to worry about."

What's not normal is when Roger made you, as on-air talent, twirl for him, to see how you look from behind. He'd be lying on his office couch, feet up. I remember he had me sit on his lap. He didn't think I was projecting my voice properly and wanted to feel my diaphragm. I knew this was not OK. But all the women there who wanted a career walked this fine line with Roger.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 03: Lauren Sivan at the Brooks Brothers Beverly Hills summer camp party benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Brooks Brothers Rodeo on June 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Brooks Brothers)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: Robert Kovacik (L) and Lauren Sivan attend the 67th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards at Skirball Cultural Center on July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Television reporter Lauren Sivan (L) and photographer Todd Oren attend the Dylan's Candy BarN launch event at Dylan's Candy Bar on December 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Dylan's Candy Bar)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: Lauren Sivan attends the 67th Los Angeles area Emmy Awards at Skirball Cultural Center on July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actress/TV host Lauren Sivan attends 'A Letter To My Cat: Notes To Our Best Friends' book launch party at Pussy and Pooch Pet Lifestyle Center on November 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Beck Starr/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Television reporter Lauren Sivan arrives at the 66th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on July 26, 2014 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Oliver Walker/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 23: Lauren Sivan attends the L.A. launch for Jeff Vespa's new book 'The Art of Discovery' at Brooks Brothers Rodeo on October 23, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 26: Television reporter Lauren Sivan (L) and photographer Todd Oren attend the 66th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on July 26, 2014 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
2010 New York's Funniest Reporter Lauren Sivan attends the 6th Annual New York's Funniest Reporter Show at Comic Strip Live on August 20, 2011 in New York City.
Cheryl Casone of the Fox Business Network (L) and Fox News anchor Lauren Sivan attends St. Pawtricks Yappy Hour benefiting the Humane Society of New York at the Muse Hotel on March 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 20: 2010 New York's Funniest Reporter Lauren Sivan performs at the 6th Annual New York's Funniest Reporter Show at Comic Strip Live on August 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 19: Lauren Sivan attends New York's Funniest Reporter Show at Gotham Comedy Club on August 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 19: Lauren Sivan attends New York's Funniest Reporter Show at Gotham Comedy Club on August 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 19: Lauren Sivan attends New York's Funniest Reporter Show at Gotham Comedy Club on August 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
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When Harvey came out with his not-even-an-apology, I was so angry. I was worried he would get Ashley Judd and the others blacklisted. I knew what type of guy he was because of my experience, so I thought I could validate their stories by coming forward. After my story was published, my phone immediately blew up. I got very scared because it was so overwhelming. I thought, "This is going to follow you for the rest of your life. Every time someone googles me, that's what's going to come up." Look, I hope this won't be my obituary. But I'm glad to see all that's happened since I came forward. My solution to stopping sexual misconduct? 1) Believe women. 2) Get rid of NDAs. They protect perpetrators, not victims.

This story first appeared in the 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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