Unprofessional

Thandie Newton says director sexually abused her

Thandie Newton attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Thandie Newton has joined the ranks of many female actors in the unfortunate task of speaking out against sexual abuse they’ve experienced in their industry.

In an interview with W magazine, Newton recalls an audition early in her career when a director filmed up her skirt and as Newton says, “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.” She did not name the director.

Some years later, a producer drunkenly approached her at an event and surprised himself by saying he’d recently seen her. Newton’s husband questioned the man. “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,” Newton told W.

Newton says she wants to help save other young, naive actors from similar situations. “One person will read this and it will stop them getting sexually abused by a director. That’s the person I’m interested in,” she told W.

Newton appeared on stage at the 2015 Women in the World Summit to discuss body image, and in this clip she shares why she never looks at beauty magazines:

Read the full story at W magazine.

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