Entertainment industry gossip has been rife with stories of sexual harassment, and this won’t be the first time someone recounts their ordeal. This time, famed Nigerian actress and director Mercy Aigbe Adeoti has spoken up about how she nearly quit the business due to what she saw as “sexual harassment” when she first started out. Despite getting the part in a film, the movie star said in a recent appearance with TVC’s “Your View” chat show that a producer passed her over following an audition because she didn’t comply with his demands. Mercy continued by saying that, despite facing more obstacles in her line of work, she succeeded through determination.
“I once met a producer in Surulere, and I expressed to him how much I would love to act. He told me he had an upcoming film, and invited me to his office for an audition. I passed three stages of the audition. After the last audition, I was given a minor role. I told him that was not the character I was auditioning for, and he replied that the director said he did not know me, and that was why he said I should be close to him (the producer).
“He had been making passes at me before then, but he did not come out clean to me until that day. He then stood up and tried to touch me. I was very upset, and I told him he could not do that to me, because I had earned the role.
That was a huge insult to my person, and I thought if that was what it took to be an actress, I did not want to be an actress anymore. I tore the script and eventually left. On my way home, I cried because I had left a well-paying job to join Nollywood, and I was already a single mother at the time.”