John Legend says #TimesUp movement will hit music industry ‘soon’

John Legend believes female musicians will start to speak up and get involved with the #TimesUp movement ‘soon’.

The 39-year-old is expecting more sexual harassment allegations to appear in the music industry as he revealed to  this weekend.

He said he felt more female musicians will follow in Kesha’s footsteps, and will start speaking out about their experiences.

John said: ‘There will probably be more. My manager, she’s told me stories about sexual harassment, dealing with record execs taking liberties, even when they are pretty powerful. Men who have power need to do a lot better than this.’

The father-of-one has already confessed to hearing jokes about Weinstein, who has recently been accused of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, and said he was ‘glad’ when the truth came out – even though the movie mogul has denied all claims.

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John said: ‘We all heard jokes like, “You’ve got to sleep with Harvey to get a part”, I never knew if it was based on truth or rumour. I’m glad we know now.’

John, who has a one-year-old daughter, Luna, with pregnant wife Chrissy Teigen, said he thinks more men should be educated on women’s issues, and is shocked at how few are outraged by what is happening.

Speaking about his daughter, he said: ‘I want her to be healthy and confident and in control of her own decisions. I don’t want her ever to feel pressured to do anything she doesn’t want to. Hopefully she’ll meet and date guys who are respectful and emotionally intelligent.’

Before he added ‘she’s got plenty of time’ before that would be an issue.

Despite Legend wanting female musicians to get on board with #MeToo, a number of women in the music industry have already spoken out about sexism.

Earlier this year Halsey delivered a powerful speech at the Women’s March in New York about her own experience of sexual abuse.

The 23-year-old told the heartbreaking story of how she had to perform on stage whilst going through a miscarriage and believed that being in the public eye would protect her from abuse, but felt let down as it hasn’t.


She said: ‘I even went on stage that night in Chicago when I was having a miscarriage I mean, I pied the piper, I put on a diaper, and sang out my spleen to a room full of teens.

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