International actress, Thandie Newton, has openly admitted to being a victim of sexual abuse during her early acting days.
She revealed this in an interview with W Magazine, stating that the incident happened during an audition organised by a filmmaker.
Recounting her experience, Newton said, “A director, on a callback, had a camera shooting up my skirt and asked me to touch my t–ts and think about the guy making love to me 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.”
Thinking she had put the incident behind her, the actress claimed to have met a drunken producer, who stated that he had seen her recently.
“‘Oh, Thandie, I’ve seen you recently!’ And he lurched away looking really shocked that he’d said that.”
She explained that the filmmaker, whose identity was not revealed, had been showing the video of her audition to his friends.
According to her, “they all get off on it”.
Concluding her comments, the actress said she was aiming at ensuring that her interview message get to the right audience, in order to prevent further incidence of sexual abuse like she experienced.
“I was so so naïve when I started out and I realize now that we have to prepare our kids — I’ve got two beautiful daughters, one is 16, one is 11.”
“So many people in our business, they don’t want to be the ones to say something that’s a bum out because then they become associated with a bum out and nobody wants to read about so-and-so because they’re always blabbering on about a bum out.”
“But one person will read this and it will stop them getting sexually abused by a director. That’s the person I’m interested in.”
Thandie Newton is an English actress, who has starred in many British and American movies.
One of her most recent film role was playing “Olanna”, in the movie adaption of Chimamanda Adiche’s novel, “Half of a Yellow Sun”.