An equally awful title for this post would have been “When Is the Sexual Harassment?” Over the weekend, it was reported that Henry Ian Cusick is being sued, along with ABC, for sexual harassment on the Lost set. Uh oh. Worst news since Vince Offer shammed that hooker’s wow. (I will show myself to jail, thank you very much.) From the AP:
The lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles alleges that Cusick, who plays Desmond Hume on the show, fondled the woman’s buttocks and breasts and kissed her on the lips in October 2007. The lawsuit claims she reported the incident to her supervisor, but was simply told to avoid the actor. She states she was fired 12 days later in retaliation for reporting the alleged abuse.
Oh jeez. Really, ABC? She was fired in retaliation for reporting the alleged abuse? I feel like there must be a bunch of Michael Douglas and Richard Gere movies from the late ’90s in which companies realize they should not fire their employees for reporting alleged sexual harassment. Maybe with Demi Moore? Or Meg Ryan? The point is don’t do that, companies, duh. And Henry Ian Cusick needs to chillax. Not cool. (That’s a respectful and appropriate way to talk about the very serious subject of sexual harassment, right? Chillax?) I know that Desmond is just a character, but I like to think that Henry Ian Cusick wears a half-buttoned peasant’s frock on his yacht trip to Margaritaville in real life, too.