Unauthorized Video of Actor Jesse Williams Convicted on Stage During a Nude Scene

Video of a naked Jesse Williams captured onstage in a shower scene from a Broadway play has been leaked online, sparking an outcry from producers and the union that represents actors and stage managers.

We strongly condemn the creation and distribution of photographs and videos of our members during a nude scene,” said Kate Shindle, President of the Actors’ Equity Association.

“Whoever did this not only knew they were filming actors without their consent, but also specifically violated the theater’s recording and distribution ban.”

Williams stars in a revival of Take Me Out, Richard Greenberg’s exploration of what happens when a Major League Baseball superstar comes out as gay, and how it unnerves the team and unleashes toxic prejudice.


Jesse Williams, center, during a performance of the Broadway revival of baseball-themed Take Me Out in New York (Joan Marcus/Polk and Co, via AP)

The actor was nominated for a Tony Award for the role of superstar on Monday.

The Second Stage Theatre, which is producing the revival, used Yondr pouches to protect the actors.

Spectators arriving at the theater hand in their phones, which are then kept in the sealed bags until the end of the show.

The company said it would step up security in the wake of the breach.

“Taking nude photos of someone without their consent is highly objectionable and can have serious legal ramifications,” Second Stage said.

“The publication on the Internet is a gross and unacceptable breach of trust between the actor and the audience, forged in the theater community. We actively monitor takedown requests and ask that no one participate in the distribution of these images.”

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