Bookseller says she had ‘no choice’ to resign from book business after being accused of sexual harassment
— A Haverford, Conn., bookseller resigned Friday after a video surfaced showing her claiming she was sexually harassed by a bookseller, and the business was rocked by a backlash.
The video, posted on Facebook and obtained by The Associated Press, shows a woman complaining that she was being sexually harassed at a salon.
The woman is identified in the video as Lauren, but a Facebook page associated with her has removed her name.
The business has been shut down.
The women are also seen at a party together and in a hotel room, and she is seen walking around with a black towel wrapped around her neck.
The video is being widely shared on social media and has been viewed more than 5 million times, with many people commenting on it saying they had no choice but to leave the business.
In the video, Lauren says she was working with a man and a woman when the man “put his hands down my pants and started rubbing them.”
“I felt it.
I felt it, like a wave, like something, like I was on the edge of the earth,” she said.
“I was just trying to get my head out of the way.”
She said she tried to pull away and he said, “Don’t move.”
She said she complied and he continued to pull her clothes down.
She said her partner was trying to pull off her bra, but she didn’t want him to see her.
“And I thought to myself, You know what?
That’s not a nice thing to do,” she says.
A man who answered the phone at Lauren’s business said she was fired.
Lauren said in the Facebook post that the business has gone bankrupt, but that she has “never regretted” leaving the business and that she doesn’t regret her decision to speak out.
She also said she didn, in fact, have any choice in the matter.
“Because I’m a woman, I didn’t have to make that decision.
I don’t regret it,” she wrote.
It was the latest blow for the small business and for Lauren, who was an employee at the time of the alleged harassment.
We’re not going to be able to continue this business, she wrote in the post.
“It’s a business that’s based on trust, and trust is the foundation of all of our lives.”
The Associated Press has contacted Lauren’s attorneys and her business for comment.