Coronation Street actress Nicola Thorp says she was hassled for sex by a male documentary director.
The 30-year-old actress, who plays Nicola Rubinstein on the ITV soap, says the director was pitching for her to partake in a documentary about women’s rights.
Thorp told the Daily Mirror: “A man in the public eye approached me to do a documentary about women’s rights and then, in the process, he told me how much he wanted to have sex with me.”
“He then started sending me photos of dresses and shoes he thought I’d look sexy in at three in the morning.
“That really messed me up for a while. It made me think, ‘well, did I encourage him? Was my worth as a potential presenter of a documentary only gauged by how much I flirted with him?’”
Thorp will be partaking in the #March4Women and Helena Bonham Carter, Amanda Abbington, Annie Lennox and Sue Perkins at Care International’s on Sunday in London. The rally will speak against violence and sexual harassment in the workplace and promote gender equality.
She went on to recount several other instances of sexual harassment in her career. This included how yet another director had sent her a flurry of inappropriate text messages.
“He was such a creep and luckily he’s not working any more.
“He worked in the theatre world. He just started messaging me at all times of the night telling me he had feelings for me, trying to coerce me into telling him that I had a crush on him. He started saying quite sordid things to me.
“He suggested to me that if I didn’t co-operate I would never work again. I told him very clearly I didn’t want to hear from him again. He had a wife and kids.”
Thorp was at the centre of a sexism row back in 2016. She claimed to have been sacked from receptionist job at PwC for wearing flat shoes instead of high heels.
She said in the same interview that the experience made her stronger, and the confidence to stand up for women’s rights:
“There was so much abuse online, which I still get. It’s hard, but because I’ve seen it happen to other women, it made it less personal.
“That’s when I realised I was doing the right thing by fighting inequality. It reassured me there was still a need to be campaigning.”