Megan Fox has taken to social media to clarify a story that’s now 11 years old!
The popular film star released a statement on her Instagram page Monday responding to social media chatter that had been renewed over the past couple of days regarding comments she made in 2009 about working with director Michael Bay (pictured above). Now, she’s trying to set the record straight, at least so far as it relates to the high-profile filmmaker.
At issue here are two things: first, the resurfaced interview Fox gave to Jimmy Kimmel in which she recalled wearing a “stars-and-stripes bikini and 6-inch heels” for a scene in Bad Boys II, directed by Bay. Then that same year, in a separate sit-down, The Guardian film critic Jason Solomons claimed Fox told him about how her audition for the Bay-led Transformers series involved her allegedly going to the director’s home to “wash his Ferrari while he filmed her.”
Now, after social media talk has people pondering alleged misconduct at the hands of Bay, the now-34-year-old actress is publicly clarifying things for the world. The Tennessee native’s statement began (below):
“I know that a discussion has erupted online surrounding some of my experiences in Hollywood and the subsequent mishandling of this information by the media and society in general. While I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support, I do feel I need to clarify some of the details as they have been lost in the retelling of the event and cast a sinister shadow that doesn’t really, in my opinion, belong. At least not where it’s currently being projected…”
She went on from there to describe how she’d simply been an extra filming a scene on Bad Boys II, and differentiating that experience from her work on Transformers several years later.
“I was around 15 or 16 years old when I was an extra in Bad Boys II. There are multiple interviews where I shared the anecdote of being chosen for the scene and the conversations that took place surrounding it. It’s important to note however that when I auditioned for Transformers I was 19 or 20. I did ‘work’ (me pretending to know how to hold a wrench) on one of Michael’s Ferraris during one of the audition scenes. It was at the Platinum Dunes studio parking lot, there were several other crew members and employees present and I was at no point undressed or anything similar.”
Well that definitely clears it up a bit, doesn’t it?!
Adding more backstory from there, the actress continued:
“So far as this particular audition story I was not underaged at the time and I was not made to ‘wash’ or work on someone’s cars in a way that was extraneous from the material in the actual script. I hope that whatever opinions are formed around these episodes will at least be seeded in the facts of the events. Please hear me when I thank you for your support. But these specific instances were inconsequential in a long and arduous journey along which I have endured some genuinely harrowing experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry. There are many names that deserve to going viral in cancel culture right now, but they are safely stored in the fragmented recesses of my heart.”
Wow… wonder what those names might be…
Nevertheless, from there, the momma of three concluded things on a high note, wrapping her statement with this:
“But when it comes to my direct experiences with Michael, and Steven for that matter, I was never assaulted or preyed upon in what I felt was a sexual manner. I’m thankful to all of you who are brave enough to speak out and I’m grateful to all of you who are taking it upon yourselves to support, uplift and bring comfort to those who have been harmed by a violent and toxic societal paradigm.”
Well then! Reactions, Perezcious readers?
Always interesting to see how these old news stories resurface… just turns out that maybe this one isn’t quite as controversial as people may have thought!
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