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Reese Witherspoon Was Assaulted By a Director at Age 16

Reese Witherspoon Was Assaulted By a Director at Age 16

Reese Witherspoon is coming forward about “multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault” throughout her decades-long career.

The 41-year-old actress was in attendance at the Elle Women in Hollywood Celebration, and spoke about the new revelations amid Harvey Weinstein‘s multiple accusations.

“This has been a really hard week for women in Hollywood, for women all over the world, and a lot of situations and a lot of industries are forced to remember and relive a lot of ugly truths. I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having about anxiety, honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier…[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16-years-old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment,” Reese said in her speech (via EW).

“And I wish that I could tell you that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly it wasn’t. I’ve had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault and I don’t speak about them very often,” Reese continued. “But after hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these brave women speak up tonight about things that we’re kind of told to sweep under the rug and not to talk about, it’s made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I actually felt less alone this week than I have ever felt in my entire career.”

“I feel really, really encouraged that there will be a new normal. For the young women in this room, life is going to be different because we’re with you, we have your back and it makes me feel better. It makes me so sad to talk about these issues, but I would be remiss not to,” she concluded.

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  • Legendary Trolly

    Shut up punk, until you say his name. All this “sharing my story” crap, is getting old. You have to say their names to it wont happen again.

  • Rhonda Schuck

    Reese Witherspoon has been the BLIND item on so many sites. Her whole career was built having sex with the harveys. its called PAY to Play, if you want to play, you must pay.

  • alex

    but we can do? I’m a musician and what can I will do for my job?if a man will made the pig with me,two kikk in hes ass are garanteed…..and I’m not finisched there, I can slup bood from his mouth……more and more women make this, for the past and the future, for every men,without MERCY!

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    You make no sense at all. Please head back to first grade and get some pointers before you post online again.

  • Dirk_Reese-Fan

    Now, 15 days went by since my former post !
    (And 4 threats left to make posts on them)
    Wowsa, there´s no more delay during writing comments here on jared. Google seems to be the better browser !!!
    It´s all because of the browser !!!
    ***
    Reese, you have spoken wise words ! Of course, speaking out a name would only make sense, if their were witnesses, who could prove the whole thing. Obviously there haven´t been any witnesses when it happened.Thus, on court an accusation would lead to nothing ! I deeply hope, that “those experiences” haven´t been hard ones !
    ***
    There must be more transparency on the way to a contract for a role of a movie in Hollywood to avoid any informal ways of supression. That kind of problems can only be solved by politicians. It might sound paradox now,
    but this problem is something for Donald Trump !
    Dear Donald, it´s never too late to do more and more and more for women´s right, yup !!!
    And for the rights of men, who want to get their roles, too !!
    ***
    Of course, if some actresses and actors “do it” willingly with
    their directors and/or producers and/or agents (to get their roles/contracts), then – hmm – this problem is another kind of problem !!! Such kind of actresses and actors could profit
    through such an immoral behavior, if you compare their behavior with the ones, who behave morally. There is the point, where injustice cristallizes in the industry !!!
    ***
    My solution: One day there will be an artificial intelligence (an android/robot), who will decide, which actress or actor will get the role. And I guess, that this robot will not make the offer to an actress to jump into his bed. Of course, if you look at the android Commander Data (of the StarTrek-Universe) and his immoral android brother Lal – who knows – even an android could behave immorally one day !
    ***
    But Reese is not the sort of women, who “did anything” willingly !
    She´s a highly morally women !!!
    ***
    1000-SUNS-POWER-FOREVERReese´sHeartIsTheBrightestForMyHeart !
    ***