In a powerful testimony to how rampant sexual abuse is in Hollywood and that there is new era where this behavior will no longer be tolerated, actress Reese Witherspoon confessed her own tragic experiences.
…when she was just 16-years-old!
Speaking at the ELLE’s Women in Hollywood event in Beverly Hills Monday night, the Oscar-winning actress said it has been hard to sleep ever since the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal exploded because it forced her to remember a lot of “ugly truths.”
“I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly and I have found it hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate,” Witherspoon said softly. “A lot of the feelings I’ve been having about anxiety, about being honest… the guilt for not speaking out earlier.”
“True disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old,” she added, “and anger that I felt at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition at my employment.”
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She said abuse “wasn’t an isolated incident in my career,” according to USA Today.
Actor Corey Feldman spoke about his abuse as a child star on a 2013 episode of ABC’s “The View,” and how it continues, only to receive significant push back from Barbara Walters.
All of which helps explain why so many victims remain silent.
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“Hearing all of the stories these past few days and hearing these brave women speak out tonight about things we’re kind of told to sweep under the rug and not talk about, it made me want to speak up, and speak up loudly, because I felt less alone this week than I’ve ever felt in my entire career,” Witherspoon told the audience.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence also shared her own experiences at the ELLE event, USA Today reported.
“When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by the producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks … during this time a female producer had me do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much thinner than me,” the actress said. “And we all stood side by side with only paste-ons covering our privates.”
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