Jana Kramer has been through a roller coaster over the past couple of years and this week she has opened up about sexual harassment. Like many women who have come forward about sexual allegations, Jana, claims her agent harassed her at 19 years old. According to an article on The Boot,
“The Harvey stuff is difficult … Unfortunately, it’s not the first case and it’s not going to be the last,” says Kramer. The former One Tree Hill star says that a similar experience in her life — not with Weinstein but with a former agent — nearly drove her out of the business at the beginning of her career.
“I had a man helping me in the very beginning, when I was 19, and he was like, ‘Okay, I’ve done this for you. What are you going to do for me?'” Kramer recalls. “And I remember in that moment being like, ‘Oh my God! I am going to have to sleep with this man in order to fulfill my dreams.’
“I ended up just bawling, crying, and having a panic attack, and he left,” Kramer adds. She then called her mother and told her that she was coming home — but her mom’s response made her stay.
This is sad to see on any level but when it cuts into the heart of our Country Music family it sends off a sense of shock. It’s unfortunate that sexual predators are able to thrive in the media industry. While I hope it doesn’t happen; I can see more women coming forward in the music industry and maybe even country music. The future remains to be seen but there is a movement under way and it involves women standing up for themselves. Whether it’s happened late or immediately following; women need to know they’re not alone.
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