Sanaa Lathan claims she was ‘treated horribly by some women that you may know’

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Sanaa Lathan got a lot of unwanted – ?? – attention this year when Tiffany Haddish told a story about a mystery actress who bit Beyonce on the cheek at a big party in Hollywood. Tiffany could have legitimately destroyed Sanaa’s career if Tiffany had named her flat-out. But Tiffany left it as a blind item, and other people filled in the blanks. What few people will acknowledge about Tiffany’s story is her attributed quote to Beyonce, where Beyonce allegedly excused the Bey-biter to Tiffany by saying the biter was a “bitch on drugs.” No one is saying much about that. But we do know for sure that Sanaa bit Beyonce. And now the Beyonce-biter is trying to get in the whole blind item game, by claiming that women mistreated her when she was an actress coming up in Hollywood.

With a career spanning over 20 years, you’ll definitely have plenty of experiences and moments that you’ll never forget. During the New York City premiere of Netflix’s new movie Nappily Ever After, Sanaa Lathan took the time to discuss working in Hollywood’s less-than-friendly atmosphere.

“Just coming up in the business, I have been treated just horribly by some women that you may know. I won’t call any names,” she said, “but when you’re working with somebody who’s maybe a little older than you— now I’m the older one— you don’t expect to get competition, and jealousy, and weird vibes on set. And I was very hurt, very early on in my career by a couple of different women.”

[From BET]

I spent a few minutes looking at Sanaa’s IMDB page to see if I could figure out if this was some kind of pointed comment about one particular “older” actress, or if it was a more general “women didn’t help me when I was younger” comment. I still don’t know. My guess is twofold: one, I think Hollywood is full of backstabbers and mean girls (and mean boys) who will make your life hell. I also think Sanaa has a reputation for being an a–hole – the kind of person who would bite Beyonce, perchance – and for not really being that helpful to her coworkers anyway. Both things can be true.

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  1. Clare says:

    Whatever it is Haddish was bang out of order in the whole drama – she was behaving like a thirsty a f reality star rather than an actual successful actress.

    • JoJo says:

      IMO the “biter”,Sanaa, was acting like a F list reality star not a successful actress with a 20+year career.

      • Clare says:

        That Lathan MAY be an a–hole (the alleged biter), does not negate the fact that Hadish 100% behaved badly – like she couldn’t get enough attention on her own so had to drag someone else and act like she’s in ring high school.

        Lathan/the biter bring a dick and Hadish behaving like a dick are not mutually exclusive.

  2. Bubble bee says:

    Pretty sure she’s talking about Gabrielle Union who she’s worked with before and who herself has admitted to mean girling other black actresses that she thought were competition.

    • JoJo says:

      Sanaa is older than Gabrielle.I think she was talking about an actress older than her,who was already an established actress hating on the new girl.

    • Gigi La Moore says:

      She said older. She and Gabby are about the same age.

  3. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I just wanna know if anyone knows an adult who has bitten someone. Bitten anybody. Anywhere. My brain can’t comprehend.

  4. Tiffany says:

    I am pretty sure she took a hit for her affair with Denzel Washington. It would not surprise me if Paulette quietly/loudly used her pull if Sanaa was not keeping that on the DL.

    • T says:

      There were some rumors that she has a thing for married men. I believe that is one of the reasons for the bad treatment, if it happened.

  5. Jessica says:

    I didn’t know she has a rep as an asshole first time I heard that. Only heard about her alleged affair with denzel. Personally I think Haddish was out of order. If the woman has legit issues then Haddish shouldn’t put her on blast like that. Lathans career seems fine though, she’s been popping up in stuff at Netflix and HBO lately.

  6. Renee says:

    I just watched “Nappily Ever After” on Netflix and thought she was really good in it.

  7. Darla says:

    If she gets bullied and treated badly because she slept with Denzel, maybe Denzel should try keeping it in his pants.

    He’s a serial cheater and I’m not here for blaming her for his philandering. Shame if his wife is.

    • JRenee says:

      Rumor has it, she went to his home and confronted Pauletta. Thus the backlash, not so much the alleged affair itself..

    • Clare says:

      Right? Where is the heat on th married man? Sick of women blaming other women, while giving the man a pass.

      Now I’m not saying sleeping with a married man is cool – but surely the person with the partner is MORE at fault than the single person in the equation (obviously neither is blameless).

  8. skipper says:

    I had to leave a job that I loved where I worked at a charter school for preschool aged students with special needs because the women there were so awful to me. It got so bad that the administration begged me not get lawyers involved. I never even though about getting legal representation. The saddest part to me is that I had a wonderful rapport with these women b/c my daughter was a previous student and the women that harassed me were her teachers and therapists. Combined with the fact that the school the staff should be very sensitive about bullying considering they work with children that are targets for bullying already. I know women working in a school setting is very different than hollywood but sometimes women can just be “mean girls”, cliquey and bullies. It’s sad really.

    • truth says:

      Yep and it can be as hurtful and traumatic as men’s harrasment..but nobody seem to really care..

    • ravynrobyn says:

      @ Skipper-Man, that totally sucks! So sorry you had to go through all of that AND give up a job you loved. I’ll bet you were wonderful at it too. Good luck in the future.

      • skipper says:

        Thank you! Now, I’m a stay-at-home and the PTO President at my daughter’s school. It’s a learning center specifically for children and young adults with disabilities so everything worked out perfectly. I’m incredibly happy and fulfilled with my role at her current school now. 🙂

  9. Shelley says:

    I really have enjoyed her work in The Bachelor Party films, but who bites people??? Literally. Who does this. Ever?? So weird.

    • lensblury says:

      I had a friend who’d bite my shoulder or my neck quite hard when she was tipsy, but she came from a violent household and had issues that she managed to resolve later on.

  10. Busyann says:

    Yeah, Im going through a similar situation at work now. For the third time! Heck, I even changed jobs and moved states to escape the crabs in a bucket. I hate to say this, but it happens with black women in particular. That doesnt excuse Sanaa’s shadiness though. She reminds me of a black katherine heigl and I dont mean that as a compliment.