Actress Megan Fox has said the resurfaced TV interview where she describes being asked to dance in a bikini and heels aged 15 "casts a sinister shadow" on the truth and called the movie industry "ruthlessly misogynistic".
She has been described as "the queen of talking trailer trash" and then compared to a "porn star", "thankless, classless and graceless" in an open letter on Bay's website.
Megan Fox called the movie industry 'ruthlessly misogynistic' as she responded to a viral discussion on how she has been mistreated by Hollywood and sexualized as a young actress.
The clip from 2009 interview Megan did with Jimmy Kimmel showed the actress share a story about being sexualised in Michael Bay’s movie Bad Boys II when she was just 15.
Twitter user Liz W, ho shared the 2009 footage, described the video in her post as: "A clip from 2009 where Megan Fox tells a story about Michael Bay sexualising her as a 15 y/o.
"The crowd laughs, and Kimmel makes gross jokes.
"Teen girls being preyed on by older men has never been taken seriously and still isn't."
The post, was retweeted several times.
While fans came for Michael Bay – who Megan had previously compared to Hitler, before she left the Transformers franchise – the star has now defended the director from criticism, insisting she ‘was never assaulted or preyed upon in what I felt was a sexual manner’, but took a swipe at the Hollywood industry as a whole.
She wrote on Instagram in a series of slides: ‘Please hear me when I thank you for your support. But these specific instances were inconsequential in a long and arduous journey along which I have endured some genuinely harrowing experiences in a ruthlessly misogynistic industry.’
According to Sky News “Following her comments, an open letter appeared on Bay's website, purporting to be from three anonymous members of the film crew, criticising Fox for unprofessional behaviour on set."
The letter credited Bay with "granting her the starring role in Transformers" and so making her "one of the most googled and oogled women on earth".
It went on to describe her as "the queen of talking trailer trash" and then compared her to a "porn star", calling her "thankless, classless and graceless".
After appearing in the first two Transformers films, Fox was replaced by British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in the third movie, which was filmed in 2011.
Fox has gone on to play April O'Neil in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, and star in the TV series New Girl.