OPENING UP: Actress Thandie Newton reveals she was sexually abused early in her acting career
BRITISH ACTRESS Thandie Newton has revealed that she was sexually abused by a filmmaker early in her acting career.
The Crash leading lady told W Magazine that an unnamed director had a camera guy film up her skirt and made her touch her breasts and "think about the guy making love to her in the scene.
“I thought, ‘OK, this is a little weird,’ but there was a female casting director in the room and I’d done weird stuff before so I did it.”
Years later, the 43-year-old said the strange audition came roaring back as a drunk producer approached her and her husband at a film festival and said, “‘Oh, Thandie, I’ve seen you recently!’”
“It turns out that the director was showing that audition tape to his friends after poker games at his house. And they would all get off on it,” she said.
Although the incident was clearly repulsive and traumatic, the Run Fatboy Run said it taught her a valuable lesson about speaking up.
“I was so, so naive when I started out and I realise now that we have to prepare our kids, I’ve got two beautiful daughters, one is 16, one is 11,” Newton added.