Sophia Bush: The fan called me a “TV prostitute”.
“He’s like, ‘I’m watching your show, that’s why I’m paying your damn salary. You are a piece of meat to me,” recalled the alum of “A Hill of Trees”.
Sophia Bush talks about a fan encounter that made her feel like a ‘zoo animal’.
The “One Tree Hill” alum opened up about an experience she had with a male fan on St. Patrick’s Day at a bar in Chicago. Bush stars in the procedural series “Chicago PD.”
“I was having a beer and there was a guy at the table next to me and all my friends who walked up to me and put his camera in my face to take a picture, almost hitting me in the face. phone, said Bush Penn Badgley “He was crushed” podcast. “He keeps going, getting louder and louder, and I can hear him swearing.”
Bush continued: “I say, ‘Hi, I’m human. I want to shake your hand. My name is Sophia. You make me very uncomfortable, man. I asked you to stop. I’m a girl in a bar. You are someone I don’t know. I don’t want to be videotaped on your phone. And neither do my friends. Can you stop?’”
The fan replied: “I don’t have to stop. You’re public — to which Bush said, “Okay, but isn’t there a world in which you can understand that I feel like a piece of meat, like I’m not human?”
Bush added: “And he’s like, ‘I’m watching your show, that’s why I’m paying your fucking salary.’ You are a piece of meat to me. And I just said, “What?” “You’re just a TV prostitute.”
He noted that “one of the guys on our crew jumped out and started getting physical with the guys” in defense.
Bush said it was a “crazy” experience, and the fan identified himself as a lawyer who “knows his rights.”
“It’s very strange because in one sentence people are saying, ‘Well, you signed up for this,’ and in the next sentence they’re saying, ‘We have a right to this,'” Bush said. “I don’t think anyone has the right to anything.”
Bush, who along with her One Tree Hill co-stars previously accused the host of sexual harassment, noted that she no longer “enjoys being in the public eye.”
“I’d much rather be at home now. I used to love going out and being in the world, so I think this is obviously a wild example, but it’s not the first time I’ve experienced this,” Bush said.
Oscar nominee Paul Mescal has revealed a “creepy” fan experience when a woman “put her hand on my bum” following a West End performance of A Streetcar Named Desire. Penn Badgley also claimed he was “molested” by Gossip Girl fans in 2018, and Channing Tatum said a dental assistant made an inappropriate joke about him undressing like “Magic Mike.”
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