Jesse Williams Full Frontal Nudity Leaks Online: Actors Equity Association Condemns Offender
A leaked clip of Jesse Williams performing nude on Broadway is making the rounds all over the internet.
Actor Jesse Williams goes nude in the new show from the Broadway production, ‘Take Me Out’.b The theater had already advised moviegoers to place cell phones and other smart devices in a sealed case before the show. However, a theater patron managed to film a video of Jesse’s nude scene and leaked it online to the masses.
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Naked Jesse Williams on Broadway leaked online
The Actors Equality Association, the national union representing more than 50,000 stage actors and stage managers, has spoken out about the actor’s nude video leaked online. They released a statement on Tuesday condemning the illegal filming of actors in nude scenes.
Kate Shindle, president of the Actors’ Equity Association, said in the statement: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the creation and distribution of photos and videos of our members during a nude scene.”
He added that as actors, they play various vulnerable characters on stage to tell their challenging stories. Regardless, it does not mean that they have authorized anyone to widely share those vulnerable moments by bringing a device into the theater and recording it.
Shindle went on to say, “Whoever did this knew not only that they were filming the actors without their consent, but also that they were explicitly violating the theater’s recording and distribution ban.”
The union further cited the leaked clip of Williams as an act of “sexual harassment and an egregious violation of consent.”
According to Out magazine, the leaked clip currently being played on social media platforms is of a locker shower scene with full frontal nudity. In the sequence, Williams’ character Darren Lemming was accompanied by Shane Mungitt (Michael Oberholtzer) as the duo fought.
‘Take Me Out’ is a revival of the 2003 Tony Award-winning play composed by Richard Greenberg. The play is scheduled to run on Broadway through June 11.
The show follows the story of a biracial baseball player named Lemming. He is seen arguing over whether or not he should come out as gay.
On Monday, the play was nominated for four Tony Award nominations, including Best Revival of a Play. Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Michael Oberholtzer were nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play.