Thandie Newton is opening up about a horrific experience in which she was sexually abused by a Hollywood director during a casting session.
“A director, on a callback, 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,” the 43-year-old actress told W Magazine. “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.”
Thandie says years later, a producer approached her at a party and drunkenly said, “Oh, Thandie, I’ve seen you recently!”
“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,” Thandie added.
Thandie says that she’s opening up about the experience now to hopefully inform young people in the business of situations to avoid.
“ … 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 said.