Broadway’s Second Stage Theater has reacted to these leaked nude photos of Jesse Williams.
The theater, which is currently playing Williams’ Take Me Out, said it was “appalled” that a viewer broke its sealed phone policy and shared the revealing footage on social media.
“Taking nude photos of someone without their consent is highly reprehensible and can have serious legal consequences,” the theater said in a statement shared on Instagram on Tuesday. “The publication on the Internet is a gross and unacceptable breach of trust between the actor and the audience, forged in the theater community.”
The theater also asks that no one else disseminate the viral footage.
The Actors’ Equity Association also released a statement, calling the recording “sexual harassment and an appalling breach of consent.”
“As actors, we regularly agree that we are vulnerable on stage to tell difficult and challenging stories,” said Kate Shindle, president of the association. “That doesn’t mean we approve of these vulnerable moments being shared by anyone who feels like sneaking a recording device into the cinema. Anyone who did so not only knew that they were filming actors without their consent, but also expressly violated the theatre’s recording and distribution ban.
“In every performance there is a mutual understanding between the audience and the performers that we are sharing an experience limited to that time and place; That trust allows us to be exposed both emotionally and physically,” she continued.
But the damage may already be done. As reported by The Post on Monday, fans were having a great day seeing Williams’ full-frontal on Twitter.
The views may have been first posted by NSFW site GayBlog.ca.
The Post has reached out to Williams reps for comment.
However, Williams, 40, appeared unconcerned about nudity in general on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” on Monday night.
“It’s a body — as soon as you see it, you realize it’s whatever, it’s a body,” Williams said along with co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, 46. “I just have to take it to a not-so-big one do thing.”
When Cohen asked if it helps if an actor can “feel good” in their body before baring it all on stage, Jesse replied with a smile, “I could imagine — I don’t know, so I know.” it not.”