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11/17/2017 09:33 pm ET

Gabby Douglas Says Dressing Provocatively 'Entices' Wrong Crowd, Sparking Gymnast Feud

She apologized to fellow Olympian Aly Raisman, but not before defending her tweet.

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Olympic gymnasts Laurie Hernandez, left, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Madison Kocian and Gabby Douglas at the 50th annual CMA Awards in Nashville on Nov. 2, 2016, in Nashville.

Two Olympic gymnasts have expressed their disappointment in Gabby Douglas after she suggested that women should dress more conservatively to avoid harassment from others.

Douglas made those remarks while responding to fellow Olympian Aly Raisman’s tweet criticizing those who shame victims of sexual assault for the way they dress. 

“Just because a woman does a sexy photoshoot or wears a sexy outfit does not give a man the right to shame her or not believe her when she comes forward about sexual abuse,” Raisman tweeted Friday morning. “AND when a woman dresses sexy it does not give a man the right to sexually abuse her EVER.”

The message echoed one Raisman made earlier this summer when she encouraged her fans to wear whatever made them happy, saying “females do not have to dress modest to be respected.”

Douglas replied to Raisman’s note on Friday by saying it is a woman’s “responsibly to dress modestly and be classy.”

She added, “Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd.”

Douglas appears to have deleted her tweet, but not before five-time Olympic medalist Simone Biles read it.

Douglas and Raisman were both members of the gold medal-winning 2012 Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team, know nationally as the Fierce Five. Biles joined both gymnasts in the team competing in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, where the team won the U.S. a consecutive gold medal.

After seeing the tweet, Biles rushed to defend Raisman, who this month revealed she had been sexually abused by Larry Nassar, the disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor who has been accused by more than 100 women and girls of abuse over the span of decades.

In a tweet containing a screenshot of Douglas’ tweet, Biles said she was shocked but not surprised by Douglas’ response to Raisman’s show of support to victims of sexual abuse.

“Honestly, seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support” Raisman, Biles said.

Douglas defended herself against Twitter users who claimed that the Olympic gymnast’s tweet to Raisman was a form of victim-blaming.

“u misunderstood me. not blaming the victim at all. no man should look at any woman that way,” she tweeted to a profile under the Twitter handle @dwtsfishovskiy.

When @dwtsfishovskiy suggested that Douglas call on men to respect women, noting that it’s not women’s responsibilities to avoid being assaulted, Douglas replied: “It goes both ways.” 

Two hours later, Douglas apologized for her deleted reply to Raisman. She insisted that her original message wasn’t expressed correctly and said that abuse “under any circumstance is never acceptable.”

She ended her tweet in solidarity with the #metoo movement, a hashtag that has come to symbolize women who have been sexually abused, harassed or assaulted by men.

An intense spotlight has recently been cast on abusive men in power ― in Hollywood, the tech industry, politics and elsewhere ― after explosive reports published in October revealed multiple allegations of sexual abuse and manipulation against film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Many other high-profile men have since been accused of sexual misconduct, including director and comedian Louis C.K., Amazon executive Roy Price, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Senate candidate Roy Moore (R-Ala.).

However, Nassar, the former doctor to a number of star gymnasts, was first accused of being a serial abuser in 2016, when two gymnasts revealed that Nassar had sexually abused them under the guise of medical care for decades.

Some of the abuse allegedly began when the gymnasts were young children and continued into their teens. In addition to Raisman, Olympic gymnast and Fierce Five member McKayla Maroney said last month that Nassar began sexually abusing her when she was 13.

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She continued: “I was genuinely shocked. I remember thinking, it’s got to be a joke. I said something like, ‘Oh, come on, mate?!?? It’d be like kissing my dad!!’” Headey suggested her rebuff might have cost her roles in other projects helmed by Weinstein, because she was never cast again.
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Actress Lauren Holly appeared on the Canadian television show "The Social" to describe an alleged encounter with Weinstein. The incident, she said, occurred in the late 1990s in a hotel room where she believed she was meeting the producer for a business meeting. When she arrived, Weinstein had a bucket of Champagne, she said. "My first thought was, ‘Oh, my God, I’m really important. Harvey Weinstein has Champagne for me. This is very exciting,'” Holly said. She said that things changed, though, when he appeared in a bathrobe and proceeded to use the toilet and shower in front of her. The actress said Weinstein then got out of the shower and came toward her naked, asking for a massage.

“He told me I looked stressed. He said that maybe he thought I could use a massage. Maybe I could give him a massage,” she said. When she refused, she said, Weinstein told her it would be a “bad decision” and would hurt her career if she left. But, Holly said, she "pushed him and ran.”
Sarah Polley

Director and producer Sarah Polley wrote in an op-ed published in The New York Times that Weinstein propositioned her when she was 19. Polley had just starred in the Miramax film "Guinevere" when Weinstein requested a meeting with her. "He told me, in front of the publicist and a co-worker beside him, that a famous star, a few years my senior, had once sat across from him in the chair I was in now," Polley wrote. "Because of his 'very close relationship' with this actress, she had gone on to play leading roles and win awards. If he and I had that kind of 'close relationship,' I could have a similar career." Polley refused, telling Weinstein she didn't care that much about acting.
Amber Anderson

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Weinstein allegedly told the actress not to tell anyone that she had been alone with him. "He tried to take my hand and put it in his lap which is when I managed to leave the room," she wrote.
Mia Kirshner

In an op-ed published in The Globe and Mail, actress Mia Kirshner described "an ordeal in a hotel room" with Weinstein in which, she alleged, "he attempted to treat me like chattel that could be purchased with the promise of work in exchange for being his disposable orifice." Kirshner didn't elaborate on the experience, writing, "I'm not giving that man, a newly crowned figurehead of sexual abuse, the privilege of more ink."
Katya Mtsitouridze

Russian television hostess Katya Mtsitouridze told The Hollywood Reporter that she was duped into meeting Weinstein alone in a hotel room during the Venice Film Festival in 2004. When the assistant she thought would be joining them left the room, Weinstein appeared in front of Mtsitouridze dressed in a bathrobe.

The producer allegedly told her: "I waited for the masseuse, but she's late. We can have fun without her. Let's relax." When Mtsitouridze hesitated, she said, Weinstein told her, "You will love it. I'm a guru in this matter. You never met a man like me." Mtsitouridze said she was frozen but took her opportunity to leave when a waiter came into the room with an ice bucket for Champagne.

Mtsitouridze said she ran into Weinstein at the Cannes Film Festival a decade later and he told her quietly: "Don't even think about saying anything. Forget all about it. Be a smart girl."
Marisa Coughlan

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, actress and writer Marisa Coughlan said she was working on a Miramax film when Weinstein began suggesting they could, as Coughlan put it, "barter sex for movie roles." 

"He told me that he has a lot of 'special friends' and they give each other massages," Coughlan said. "It was a full-court press. He wanted me to be one of his 'special friends' and go into the bedroom. I told him that I had a serious boyfriend and reminded him that he was married and that we should keep this professional. I was so blindsided. Not one ounce of me anticipated it. It was the weirdest meeting I've ever had in my life." Weinstein allegedly made the offer several other times, to which Coughlan always refused.
Lupita Nyong’o

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Lupita Nyong’o said Weinstein invited her to lunch, then to his Connecticut home for a private movie screening, where he brought her up to his room, offered to give her a massage, then said he wanted to take off his pants. During the lunch, Nyong’o wrote, the producer insisted she drink a vodka and soda and ordered one for her even against her wishes.

She also accused the Hollywood mogul of abruptly ending a dinner with her after she declined his invitation to come up to his hotel room.

"I was stunned," she said. "I told him I preferred to eat in the restaurant. He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing. He said he had dated Famous Actress X and Y and look where that had gotten them."

She added, "I was silent for a while before I mustered up the courage to politely decline his offer."
Heather Kerr

Former actress Heather Kerr spoke at a news conference in Los Angeles and accused Weinstein of forcing her to touch his penis. Kerr said Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1989 while the two were discussing her career. “I offered to provide him with a reel of my acting work. He had this sly, sleazy smile on his face,” Kerr said. “The next thing I knew, he had unzipped his fly and pulled out his penis. He then grabbed my hand and pulled me toward him and forced my hand onto his penis and held it there.” The actress said that she “pulled away as casually as possible” and that Weinstein told her, “This is how things work in Hollywood and all actresses who’d made it did it this way.”
Sean Young

In an interview on the "The Dudley and Bob With Matt Show" podcast, actress Sean Young said Weinstein exposed himself to her during a meeting. Young worked with Weinstein on the 1992 film "Love Crimes."

"I personally experienced him pulling his you-know-what out of his pants in order to shock me. My basic response was, ‘You know, Harvey, I really don’t think you should be pulling that thing out. It’s not very pretty.’” The actress said she left the room and refused to meet with the producer again.
Erika Rosenbaum

Canadian actress Erika Rosenbaum described a number of alleged encounters she had with Weinstein over the years in an audio interview with The New York Times. Rosenbaum said she met the producer in Los Angeles when she was 21 and pursued a professional relationship with him, hoping he might become a mentor as she launched her career. Weinstein allegedly took advantage of the actress' efforts by coercing her into several private meetings in hotel rooms and offices. In their first private meeting, Rosenbaum said, Weinstein appeared in front of her with nothing on below the waist. In a subsequent meeting, the producer allegedly forced her into a bathroom and held on to her neck as he masturbated behind her. Rosenbaum told the Times the experiences made her feel "disgusted" and "ashamed."
Mimi Haleyi

Mimi Haleyi, a former production assistant for The Weinstein Co., alleged Weinstein forced himself on her and forced oral sex on her in 2006 while she was on her period. 

Haleyi described more than one incident of sexual harassment. She claimed Weinstein once attempted to persuade her to give him a massage and also once forced himself into her apartment after she declined an invitation to join him in Paris. During one instance, Haleyi said she and Weinstein were watching TV when he began making sexual advances toward her. 

“I said, ‘I am on my period. There is no way this is going to happen. Please stop.’ He wouldn’t take no for an answer,” Haleyi said, adding that the producer then held her on her bed and assaulted her.
Brit Marling

Brit Marling, co-creator of Netflix's "The OA," revealed that she was sexually harassed by Weinstein in 2014. In an essay published in The Atlantic, Marling described her encounter with the disgraced producer, which echoed many of the stories shared by other women. 

She wrote: "I, too, was asked to meet him in a hotel bar. I, too, met a young, female assistant there who said the meeting had been moved upstairs to his suite because he was a very busy man. I, too, felt my guard go up but was calmed by the presence of another woman my age beside me. I, too, felt terror in the pit of my stomach when that young woman left the room and I was suddenly alone with him. I, too, was asked if I wanted a massage, champagne, strawberries. I, too, sat in that chair paralyzed by mounting fear when he suggested we shower together."
Dominique Huett

Actress Dominique Huett filed a lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, claiming Weinstein sexually harassed her in 2010. According to the outlet, Huett says Weinstein invited her to his hotel room for what she believed would be a business meeting. She claims Weinstein went to the bathroom, came out wearing a robe and then asked for a massage. When she refused, she said, Weinstein demanded a massage and then went on to ask if he could perform oral sex on her, not taking no for an answer.
Natassia Malthe

Actress Natassia Malthe spoke in New York City with her attorney Gloria Allred about a 2008 encounter with Weinstein. Malthe said she met the disgraced producer at that year's British Academy Film Awards. Weinstein later gained entrance to her hotel room and allegedly removed his pants and began discussing A-list celebrities who gained fame after sleeping with him. Malthe said Weinstein forced himself upon her after beginning to masturbate in front of her. "I believe I dissociated during the time he was having sex with me. I played dead," she said.

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