Actress Megan Fox says director Michael Bay never mistreated her, despite a resurfaced 2009 Jimmy Kimmel interview that perhaps seemed to suggest otherwise.
What’s a brief history?
During the interview, which resurfaced this week amid Kimmel’s announcement that he was taking the summer off from his late-night show, Fox recalled working with Bay in “Bad Boys II.”
“They were shooting this club scene, and they brought me in, and I was wearing a stars-and-stripes bikini and a red cowboy hat and, like, six-inch heels. And he [Michael] approved it,” she recalled during the 11-year-old interview. “They said, ‘You know, Michael, she’s 15, so you can’t sit her at the bar and she can’t have a drink in her hand.”
“So his solution to that problem was to then have me dancing underneath the waterfall getting soaking wet,” she said during the interview with Kimmel. “At 15, I was in 10th grade. So that’s sort of a microcosm of how Bay’s mind works.”
Kimmel laughed, adding, “That’s really a microcosm of how all our minds work. Some of us have the decency to repress those thoughts and pretend that they don’t exist.”
Fans across social media demanded an apology from Hollywood on Fox’s behalf, and expressed their outrage that Kimmel would trivialize such an incident.
What are the details?
On Monday, Fox, 34, made an announcement on Instagram insisting that some details of her experience with Bay were “lost in the retelling of the events.”
“I know that a discussion has erupted online surrounding some of my experiences in Hollywood and the subsequent mishandling of this information by the media and society in general,” she wrote. “While I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support, I do feel I need to clarify some of the details as they have been lost in the retelling of the events and cast a sinister shadow that doesn’t really, in my opinion, belong. At least not where it’s currently being projected.”
She continued, “I was around 15 or 16 years old when I was an extra in Bad Boys II. There are multiple interviews where I shared the anecdote of being chosen for the scene and the conversations that took place surrounding it. It’s important to note, however, that when I auditioned for Transformers I was 19 or 20.”
“I did ‘work’ (me pretending to know how to hold a wrench) on one of Michael’s Ferrari’s [sic] during one of the audition scenes,” she admitted. “It was at the Platinum Dunes studio parking lot, there were several other crew members and employees present and I was at no point undressed or anything similar.”
She added that she was not underage for “this particular audition story,” and was not forced to wash someone’s cars in a sense that was “extraneous from the material in the actual script.”
“I hope that whatever opinions are formed around these episodes will at least be seeded in the facts of the events,” she continued.
Fox went on to thank her fans and supporters, saying that these particular instances are not the ones with which the public should take issue.
“There are many names that deserve to be going viral in cancel culture right now, but they are safely stored in the fragmented recesses of my heart,” she wrote. “[W]hen it comes to my direct experiences with Michael, and Steven [Spielberg] for that matter, I was never assaulted or preyed upon in what I felt was a sexual manner.”
Fox’s post has received more than 275,000 likes at the time of this writing.