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October 18, 2016

Adrienne Bailon opened up to her The Real cohosts on Tuesday’s show about her experiences with sexual harassment in the music industry.

The 32-year-old singer and actress said she was too young at the time to put a stop to the unwanted touches but would have done things differently if she were older.

“I even experienced an executive that would kiss me on the lips,” she said. “It consistently happened to the point where I was like, ‘This ain’t cool, man. Now he knows I’m not going to say anything.’ Which is not OK.”

Bailon said she initially thought the kiss was an accident. Her cohost, Loni Love, mentioned that that is usually how sexual harassment begins.

“Obviously that happened then, I would never allow that to happen now, but a lot of women are in fear,” she said.

It’s that fear, Bailon says, that causes women to experience the harassment in silence.

“Fear has a big part to do with it,” she explained. “And two, these men are usually—”

“Famous,” Jeannie Mai cut in, to which Bailon agreed.

Bailon, along with cohosts Love, Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley were giving their reactions to First Lady Michelle Obama‘s emotional speech on sexual assault, which led Bailon to share her story.

Watch the full reaction Tuesday on BET.

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