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Meghan Fox is addressing why she's hesitant to speak out about her experiences with harassment and sexism in Hollywood, even in light of the #MeToo era.

The Jennifer's Body actress explained why she didn't think her stories would be taken seriously and why she's chosen to stay quiet about her specific experiences in an article with the New York Times, out Friday.
'I just didn't think based on how I'd been received by people, and by feminists, that I would be a sympathetic victim,' the 32-year-old Transformer's talent admitted.
She continued: 'And I thought if ever there were a time where the world would agree that it's appropriate to victim-shame someone, it would be when I come forward with my story.'
The starlet was speaking from experience.
Megan called out sexism in the industry years before the upheavals of the #MeToo movement; a move which many say unfairly stilted her career.

In a 2009 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she revealed some unsavory behavior from Transformers director Michael Bay.
'The first time I ever met him, I was 15 and I was an extra on Bad Boys II,' Fox told the late night host. 'We were shooting this club scene, and they brought me in, and I was wearing a stars and stripes bikini and a red cowboy hat, and six-inch heels. And they took me to Mike and he approved it.
'And they said, "You know, Michael, she's 15, so you can't sit her at the bar and she can't have a drink in her hand." So his solution to that problem was to then have me dancing underneath a waterfall getting soaking wet. And that's… At 15. I was in 10th grade. So that's sort of a microcosm of how Bay's mind works.'
And while Megan had her breakout role in Bay's 2007 hit Transformers, her character Mikaela Banes was cut out for the saga's third installment, Transformers: Dark Of The Moon in 2011. Instead, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley stepped into the role of leading lady.
The actress suggested she was 'ahead of her time' for speaking out, telling the newspaper: 'I don't want to say this about myself, but let's say that I was ahead of my time and so people weren't able to understand.
'Instead, I was rejected because of qualities that are now being praised in other women coming forward. And because of my experience, I feel it's likely that I will always be just out of the collective understanding. I don't know if there will ever be a time where I'm considered normal or relatable or likable.'
Megan also explained how she was wary that her story would be twisted or taken out of context, something she's had to deal with throughout her career.
Talking about the public backlash she faced when first speaking out against sexism during the early parts of her career, she said: 'My words were taken and used against me in a way that was — at that time in my life, at that age and dealing with that level of fame — really painful.'
But she stopped short of calling anyone out by name this time, telling interviewer Kathryn Shattuck: 'I'm not the universal hammer of justice... In my circumstance, I don't feel it's my job to punish someone because they did something bad to me.'
Megan is venturing into new territory as the executive producer and creator of her new non-fiction show Legends of the Lost.
Explaining her inspiration, the amateur archaeology buff and devout Christian said: 'I’ve always been really been passionate about ancient peoples and ancient religions and ancient magic practices, not knowing what to do with it. And so I started pitching a show.'
Legends Of The Lost airs Tuesday nights at 8pm on the Travel Channel.

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