Inspired by #metoo, Bjork Specifies Alleged Harassment

This time she makes clear it was a 'Danish director'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2017 2:06 PM CDT
Bjork Wants to 'Break Curse,' Specifies Alleged Harassment
Singer Bjork smiles while performing May 2, 2007 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

"Let's break this curse," writes Bjork, in what is a second post about the sexual harassment she alleges to have received at the hands of a director who she has yet to name, but who she signals is Lars von Trier. In a Tuesday Facebook post, she writes that she was penning the "more detailed description" of what happened with a "Danish director" (von Trier is Danish and directed her in 2000's Dancer in the Dark) "in the spirit of #metoo." What follows is a six-point list, some detailing instances of harassment. The three most damning (capitalization and punctuation Bjork's):

  • "after each take the director ran up to me and wrapped his arms around me for a long time in front of all crew or alone and stroked me sometimes for minutes against my wishes"
  • "when after 2 months of this i said he had to stop the touching , he exploded and broke a chair in front of everyone on set . like someone who has always been allowed to fondle his actresses . then we all got sent home ."
  • "while filming in sweden , he threatened to climb from his room's balcony over to mine in the middle of the night with a clear sexual intention , while his wife was in the room next door . i escaped to my friends room . this was what finally woke me up to the severity of all this and made me stand my ground"
She further says the director leaked stories to the press about her being difficult, and she writes, "I have never eaten a shirt. Not sure that is even possible" (a reference to this rumored on-set incident). AFP reports von Trier on Monday denied Bjork's initial claims, saying, "That was not the case. But that we were definitely not friends, that's a fact." (More Bjork stories.)

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