Following the revelation that Divergent Star Ashley Judd along with several young actresses were sexually harassed by a top studio executive, another Hollywood celebrity is stepping forward to say that he was sexually harassed, as well.
Former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass and his co-hosts on the Meredith show were discussing Ashley Judd’s plight when Lance suddenly opened up about his own experiences as a young singer for the defunct boy band.
An uploaded video clip shows Lance seated with his co-hosts stating that sexual harassment happens to men, too. He went on to say that when he and the members of ‘N Sync were 16 or 17 years old, there was an individual who would constantly touch them inappropriately.
Lance shares that at the time, it didn’t occur to him that the “guy” may have been a pedophile and that even if they felt uncomfortable, they never felt victimized. When asked by a co-host if he had spoken out about it, Lance shares that the members would joke about it and laugh it off, but now that he’s older, it’s made him think twice about what’s happened.
Although Lance doesn’t mention who he was referring to, speculations lead to ‘N Sync’s former manager, Lou Pearlman. In previous interviews, a young Lance Bass recalls being told to keep his distance from Pearlman due to several rumors that Pearlman was “friendly” with buff, blonde boys.
“He would always have young boy limo drivers for Trans Continental Records; those limo drivers would always be put into different boy bands. Then I’d hear rumors that he would molest the boys before they would even get into the groups. I don’t know how much of that is true, but to me, where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
Lance went on to say, “He’d always grab our arms and feel our muscles and go: ‘Hey boys, you workin’ out? Yeahhhh!'” But even then, Lance says that Pearlman never corssed the line with him, adding that he sympathized with Pearlman whom he suspected may have been gay. “It didn’t really bother me. I knew then that I was gay, so I kind of related to him in a way.”
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