Lady Gaga: ‘Sexual harassment in the music industry was the rule, not the exception’

Lady Gaga has lifted the lid on the sexual harassment that has followed her around the music industry for years.

Gaga, who claims to have been sexually harassed when she was just 19 and starting her career in music, admitted that she has regrets about not going public earlier.

“When I started in the music business when I was around 19, it was the rule, not the exception, that you would walk into a recording studio and be harassed,” the singer and actress said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “It was just the way that it was. So I do wish that I had spoken up sooner. I did speak up about it. I was assaulted when I was young, and I told people,” she added. 

Detailing further, Gaga explained that the “boys club” of the time stopped numerous women coming forward with harassment allegations: “Nobody wants to lose their power, so they don’t protect you because if they say something, it takes some of their power away,” she added.

“What I hope is that these conversations come together — that it’s not just about equal pay on one side… or equal billing over here… and then assault on this side. But that it all comes together and that this movement is all of those things.”

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