Thandie Newton revealed that she was sexually abused by a filmmaker in a touching interview with W Magazine.
Newton, 43, often tackled performances displaying this behavior, starring in such films as Crash and For Colored Girls.
“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,” she recalled in the exclusive interview Wednesday, June 29. “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.”
Thandie did not reveal the film maker nor the film she was auditioning for at the time.
Newton furthered, “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.”
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