Ashanti came forward with her own #MeToo experience of sexual harassment.
While speaking as a guest on during SiriusXM’s “Conversations with Maria Menounos” radio show, Ashanti revealed what a producer once tried to make her do.
“I’ve come across a situation where there was a certain producer that, you know, he had his little crush or whatever, but it wasn’t anything new, you know?” she said. “And once I said ‘no,’ all of a sudden the track became $45K.”
“It’s funny because he said something like, ‘Well just take a shower with me and let me do this,'” she recalled.
Ashanti, now 37, said that lucky for her she had “scary” big brothers who approached the producer and got their sister an apology.
“The way that apology came in, I actually got three records for free!” she said. “And I got two of them mixed and mastered for free also.”
The “Happy” singer said some women aren’t so lucky and that is why the #MeToo movement is important, so that no more women have to feel pressured into doing anything just to make it.
“I’m blessed because I have that,” she told Menounos, adding of harassment in the business, “It happen it does and it’s unfortunate.”Ashanti was discovered when she was just a teenager and went on to be signed by Murder Inc. Records in 2001 — at age 20.
Hopefully this will inspire more women in music to come forward with their experiences.