Musician Liona Boyd says Weinstein reports echo memories of sexual harassment

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TORONTO — Classical guitarist Liona Boyd is coming forward with her own stories of sexual harassment in Hollywood.

The five-time Juno Award winner says she wants to support the actresses who have recently gone public about their encounters with Harvey Weinstein.

The fallen movie mogul is facing a growing number of sexual harassment and assault allegations following an expose in the New York Times.

In a social media post, Boyd says she became familiar with Hollywood’s “casting couch mentality” in the 1970s and 1980s as powerful men looked to trade sex for fame with aspiring young performers.

She says declining the advances of men in the industry likely led to losing opportunities to appear on the TV series “The Love Boat” and perform at the White House with Frank Sinatra.

She also says a director “lunged” at her during a meeting about using her music in his film. Another offered her an acting role if she agreed to have sex with him.

Boyd says she decided to return to Toronto instead of forging a career in Los Angeles because “the price became too evident.”

David Friend, The Canadian Press