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Thandie Newton ‘not hot enough’ for Time’s Up movement

TIME'S UP: Thandie Newton is currently starring in Westworld as Maeve

ACTRESS THANDIE Newton has said that she was not “hot enough” to be part of the Time’s Up movement.

Newton, who has campaigned against sexual abuse and harassment and spoken out about her own experiences of assault, said that she was “ostracised” because she wouldn’t stop talking about it.

"I certainly agitated for it to happen sooner, but no one was interested and people thought I was a bummer. Even my publicist told me to stop talking about it because it was bad for my reputation," she said.

The 45-year-old told Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper: "When Time's Up was put together, to not be invited to be a part of it, was very, very painful.

"It's hard for me, as someone who has been talking about it for a long time... it's lonely."

Expanding on her belief for the reasoning behind her exclusion, Newton said: "I wasn't hot enough. I wasn't mainstream enough and I wasn't going to be at the Oscars this year, even though I am having a kind of renaissance in my career."

Hollywood stars at the forefront of the Time’s Up campaign include Tessa Thompson, Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross and Natalie Portman.

Actor Terry Crews, who has also spoken out about sexual assault, demostrated his support for Newton on Twitter.

The Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor said: “You are not alone Thandie Newton.”

Crews alleges that Hollywood agent Adam Venit assaulted him but due to the statute of limitation having expired in relation to his accusations, he has been prevented from pursuing the matter through the courts.

British-Zimbabwean Newton, who has spoken out about the abuse that she suffered during an audition when she was a teenager, is a board member for V-Day, a charity that works to prevent violence against women.

Newton has recently obtained equal pay for her role in Westworld, a sci-fi TV drama. She will be paid the same salary as the show’s male stars, Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris, for series’ third season.

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