Jesse Williams addresses THAT shocking NUDE video leak of Broadway scene... as he says he is not worrying about it but 'consent is important'

  • The internet went wild when leaked video and images of his on-stage nude scene in Broadway play Take Me Out were posted online earlier this week 
  • The 40-year-old actor revealed that he will not be discouraged after the clip was posted online without his knowledge 
  • He explained: 'I'm not really worrying about it. I can't sweat that. We do need to keep advocating for ourselves
  • Williams continued: 'Consent is important, I thought. So, let´s keep that in mind universally'
  • The leaked video and images prompted an outcry from the show's producers and the union that represents actors and stage managers 
  • Williams is starring in a revival of Richard Greenberg´s exploration of what happens when a Major League Baseball superstar comes out as gay, tracing the way it unsettles the team and unleashes toxic prejudices
  • Williams earned a Tony Award nomination Monday for playing the superstar and the revival is up for a Tony as well 
  • The play features a shower scene where most of the cast - including Patrick J. Adams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson - go naked, which is the scene that was somehow filmed and leaked 

 The internet went wild when leaked video and images of Jesse Williams' on-stage nude scene in Broadway play Take Me Out were posted online earlier this week.

And he has finally addressed the incident.

The  40-year-old actor talked to the Associated Press on Thursday as he revealed that he will not be discouraged after the clip was posted online without his knowledge.

Controversial: The internet went wild when leaked video and images of Jesse Williams' on-stage nude scene in Broadway play Take Me Out were posted online earlier this week

Controversial: The internet went wild when leaked video and images of Jesse Williams' on-stage nude scene in Broadway play Take Me Out were posted online earlier this week

'I'm not down about it': The 40-year-old actor talked to the Associated Press on Thursday as he revealed that he will not be discouraged after the clip was posted online without his knowledge

'I'm not down about it': The 40-year-old actor talked to the Associated Press on Thursday as he revealed that he will not be discouraged after the clip was posted online without his knowledge

He told the publication: 'I'm not down about it. Our job is to go out there every night, no matter what.'

The leaked video and images prompted an outcry from the show's producers and the union that represents actors and stage managers.

'I'm not really worrying about it. I can't sweat that. We do need to keep advocating for ourselves. And it´s wonderful to see a community push back and make clear what we do stand for, what we don't,' Williams said. 'Consent is important, I thought. So, let´s keep that in mind universally.'

Williams is starring in a revival of Richard Greenberg´s exploration of what happens when a Major League Baseball superstar comes out as gay, tracing the way it unsettles the team and unleashes toxic prejudices. Williams earned a Tony Award nomination Monday for playing the superstar and the revival is up for a Tony as well. 

'I'm not really worrying about it. I can't sweat that. We do need to keep advocating for ourselves. And it´s wonderful to see a community push back and make clear what we do stand for, what we don't,' Williams (pictured earlier this month) said. 'Consent is important, I thought. So, let´s keep that in mind universally'

'I'm not really worrying about it. I can't sweat that. We do need to keep advocating for ourselves. And it´s wonderful to see a community push back and make clear what we do stand for, what we don't,' Williams (pictured earlier this month) said. 'Consent is important, I thought. So, let´s keep that in mind universally'

Take Me Out is set largely within the locker room of a Major League Baseball team with Williams playing the main character Darren Lemming, who many have speculated is inspired by New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

The play features a shower scene where most of the cast - including Patrick J. Adams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson - go naked, which is the scene that was somehow filmed and leaked.

While Broadway shows have a strict policy against recording anything onstage, Second Stage Theater, which is producing the revival, has added Yondr pouches to protect the actors, many of whom are naked in shower scenes. Audience members arriving at the theater are asked to put their phones into a locked pouch that is only opened at the end of the show. Producers said they would beef up security in the wake of the violation.

Locker room: Take Me Out is set largely within the locker room of a Major League Baseball team, written by Richard Greenburg, with the original Broadway play winning Best Play at the 2003 Tony Awards

Locker room: Take Me Out is set largely within the locker room of a Major League Baseball team, written by Richard Greenburg, with the original Broadway play winning Best Play at the 2003 Tony Awards

'Theater is a sacred space, and everybody doesn´t understand that. Everybody doesn´t necessarily respect or regard that in a way that maybe they should, or we´d like,' Williams said.

The leaked video is the latest incident in which the privacy or well-being of a performer was put in jeopardy, following Will Smith´s Oscar slap of Chris Rock and when Dave Chapelle was attacked by a man at the Hollywood Bowl.

One of Williams' co-stars, Michael Oberholtzer, who also earned a Tony nomination on Monday, called the incident 'very disappointing.'

Coming out: The play follows Williams' character, a star center fielder for the Empires, who comes out as gay

Coming out: The play follows Williams' character, a star center fielder for the Empires, who comes out as gay

'People feel like that they can say and do things because they pay for admission or because they are a subscription member or whatever the case may be, that certain behavior is permissible. But it´s not. It´s a violation of people´s consent,' Oberholtzer said.

Williams says he was approached to do the revival of the play while starring on the long-running medical drama, 'Grey´s Anatomy,' but it wasn´t until after he read the script that he realized it included nudity.

'If somebody had just said it´s play with nudity, it would have been framed differently. But the nudity is honest. It makes sense. It´s not salacious. It serves the story. It puts the audience in an interesting position to relate to empathize with the characters,' Williams said.

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Jesse Williams addresses THAT shocking NUDE video leak of Broadway scene: 'Consent is important'

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