Tom Jones, Welsh crooner, says he was sexually harassed by recording industry exec early on
When it comes to sexual misconduct by record executives in the music business, Tom Jones wants us to know it’s not unusual, even when the target is a man.
“Things have always happened in the music industry as well,” the British singer recently told the BBC, The Guardian newspaper said Thursday.
“There’s been people complaining about publicists and different things that they’ve been expected to do to get a record contract, just like they’d do to get a film contract,” he said, prompted by discussion about the aftermath of film producer Harvey Weinstein’s allegations.
Mr. Jones added that he himself was once the target of such a come-on, but that he rejected the advance.
“At the beginning, yes, there were a few things like that. “What’s tried on women is tried on men as well,” he said, The Guardian reported. “Yeah, but it wasn’t bad. [...] Somebody tried to pull it was a question, and I said no thank you,” he added, not specifying the gender of the individual who propositioned him.
In a 2015 interview, Mr. Jones, a native of Wales infamous for his hundreds of bedroom conquests, described his initial concern and disgust upon meeting homosexuals in the recording industry when he first came to London.
“I thought: ’Wait a minute, is the London scene the people who run British showbusiness are there a lot of homosexuals involved here? Because, if so, I’m going back to Cardiff,” Mr. Jones said, The Independent reported at the time, adding that later in the interview the crooner backtracked a bit to make clear he has no problem with anyone’s sexual orientation.