Thandie Newton recently spoke out about a traumatic experience she had with a movie director during the early stages of her career. In an interview with W magazine, she reveals the disturbing details on what the unnamed director did to her during a callback.
"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 said. "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."
The Mission Impossible star said, after trying to forget the incident for years, the traumatizing event haunted her again at a film festival, where a producer drunkenly said to her, "Oh, Thandie, I've seen you recently."
When the actress's husband Ol Parker approached him for an explanation, he said the director was showing off the audition tape in private.
"It turns out that the director was showing that audition tape to his friends after poker games at his house," she said. "And they would all get off on it."
Thandie said, while the incident definitely haunts her to this day, it taught her a valuable lesson that she hopes will inspire others.
"I realize now that we have to prepare our kids — I've got two beautiful daughters, one is 16, one is 11," she said. "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 associates with a bum out. But one person will read this and it will stop them [from] getting sexually abused by a director. That's the person I'm interested in."
Learn about sexual abuse in the family in the BET video above.