On “Wonder Woman”, Lynda Carter easily dispatched male attackers with her bullet-deflecting wristbands and super-powered Amazon strength. A different story played out behind the scenes, however, and Carter is now opening up about her own experiences with sexual harassment while explaining why she’s a vocal supporter of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements.
Speaking with The Daily Beast, the 66-year-old actress recalls her own horrific experiences with sexual predators within the entertainment industry.
“I fended off my share,” Carter said. “And I’ve been afraid. If a man tried something, I would say, ‘Are you kidding me?’”
A longtime feminist, Carter explained that she and other female stars would look out for each other, warning one another about men with reputations as sexual abusers.
“That’s how you protected yourself: through the grapevine,” Carter said. “We were women’s lib, burn the bra. We weren’t going to take any s**t from people.”
When asked to describe the worst experience she ever suffered, Carter wouldn’t name names but may have offered a clue; discussing her worst abuser — whom she declines to identify — she simply states that “he’s already being done in. There’s no advantage in piling on again.”
According to the interviewer, she then added: “I believe every woman in the Bill Cosby case.”
Asked if she feels a sense of satisfaction that her abuser is finally facing justice, she responded: “No, not satisfaction. 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. I wish I could, and if I could I would. And I would talk about it. But it ends up being about me, and not about the people who can talk about it. I don’t want it to be about me, it’s not about me. It’s about him being a scumbag. So legally I can’t do anything. If I could I would.”