Naked shock for Jesse Williams (40)! The actor turned his back on the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” after twelve years and appears in the Broadway play “Take Me Out” this season.
The story follows Darren Lemming, a gay baseball player played by Williams. He is confronted with massive prejudices from his teammates. In one scene, Williams has to present himself stark naked. Recordings of these scenes have since found their way onto the internet against his will.
“A gross and unacceptable breach of trust”
There is actually a strict ban on film and photography during the performances. Viewers even have to hand in their cell phones in protective cases. Despite this, one visitor managed to capture the nude scene and posted it uncensored on social media. This is exactly what Williams was afraid of. On The Ellen Degeneres Show, he previously described it as “terrifying” to undress in front of an audience.
The action met with incomprehension during the production of the show. In a statement, 2nd Stage Theater said: “It is very unfortunate that a viewer has chosen not to respect the production, the other viewers and especially the performers in this matter.” The theater emphasizes that the publication of the video on the Internet “is a gross and unacceptable breach of trust between the actor and the audience”. How the person was able to film the scene is unclear. 2nd Stage Theater is now hiring additional staff to enforce the camera ban.
Union condemns the act
The Actors’ Equity Association, which represents actors with live theatrical performances, also strongly condemned the publication. “As actors, we regularly agree to be vulnerable on stage to tell difficult and challenging stories. That doesn’t mean we approve of these vulnerable moments being disseminated by anyone who feels like smuggling a recording device into the theater,” union president Kate Shindle, 45, said in a statement. It is an injury that prevents telling stories with boldness and courage. Shindle described the act as “sexual harassment and a horrific breach of consensus.” Jesse Williams himself has not yet commented on this. (bsn)