Thandie Newton: Director Sexually Abused Me

She relates disturbing incident from early in her career
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2016 10:24 AM CDT
Thandie Newton: Director Sexually Abused Me
Thandie Newton, a cast member in the television series "The Slap," poses at the NBC 2015 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

During a new interview with W magazine, Thandie Newton made a big revelation: Early in the now-43-year-old's career, an unnamed director sexually abused her during a callback audition. He "had a camera shooting up my skirt and asked me to touch my tits 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."

While attending a film festival years later, a producer made a strange comment about having "seen" Newton recently. When Newton's husband questioned him further, they found out the director from years back "was showing that audition tape to his friends after poker games at his house. And they would all get off on it." The incident prompted her to prepare her two daughters for what Hollywood can be like, and to speak out. "One person will read this and it will stop them getting sexually abused by a director. That’s the person I’m interested in." Click for the full interview. (More sexual abuse stories.)

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