Julia Roberts Says She Was Never Sexually Harassed: ‘I Don’t Know Why I Was Spared’ (Video)

“Wonder” actress says while the accusations are “ugly,” she’s “never had this experience”

Last Updated: November 16, 2017 @ 1:09 PM

Julia Roberts addressed the accusations of sexual misconduct swirling around Hollywood, saying that while the scandals are “ugly,” sexual harassment has not been part of her experience.

“You know, it’s all so ugly in so many ways,” she said on Thursday’s “Today” show. “I’ve never had this experience. I mean, I almost feel bad saying that because I don’t know why I was spared. You hear some of these heart-wrenching, awful stories — and I have a daughter — it is heartbreaking. But it’s not been part of my experience.”

Roberts previously released a statement to People in solidarity with the Weinstein accusers: “A corrupt, powerful man wields his influence to abuse and manipulate women. We’ve heard this infuriating, heartbreaking story countless times before. And now here we go again. I stand firm in the hope that we will finally come together as a society to stand up against this kind of predatory behavior, to help victims find their voices and their healing, and to stop it once and for all.”

Roberts was speaking with “Today” co-host Matt Lauer on Thursday about her decades-long career and the release of her new movie “Wonder,” which comes out in theaters Friday.

Lauer asked the actress if she thought she would have recognized predatory behavior, had it happened to her when she was still a young, up-and-coming actress.

“Perhaps I wouldn’t have recognized it for what it was,” she said. “I don’t know.”

Watch the full interview above.