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Thandie Newton reveals sex abuse allegations have impacted her Hollywood career

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Words: Elle Griffiths

Thandie Newton received praise and support from many women when she revealed that she had been subjected to sexual abuse in Hollywood, early in her career.

But the Westworld star has now said that her honesty may have impacted her employment prospects in the industry.

Speaking to Radio Times, she explained :"I'm someone who has spoken out about my abuse [as a very young actress] and people didn't like it one bit."

She added: "People have told me to stop - 'It's not seemly' - and I have felt it did affect whether I was getting employed or not."


Read More: Rose McGowan opens up about why she did not report her rape 


 

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But the 44-year-old star refused to be cowed by the negative response, saying that if her story raises awareness, it will have been worth it. 

She said: "I hope that somewhere a mum taking her kid to the set will just be that little bit more aware."

The Crash actor made the revelations last year when she told W magazine, about a male director’s behaviour during a casting.

She said: “He 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."


Read More: Does Disney’s Beauty and the Beast promote domestic abuse? 


While she never identified the director, she added that she had later discovered he had been showing the film to other men in Hollywood and that "they would all get off on it".

London-born Thandie will be back on UK TV screens this week with the fourth season of Brit crime drama Line Of Duty.

And she admitted playing the role of DCI Roz Huntley in the series has forced her to re-asses her view of the police as an institution.

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She explained: "Like any good old leftie - and also being a person of colour - I was very suspicious of the police and I feel very apologetic about my cynicism."

Research for the role led her to respect UK law enforcement who "put themselves into incredibly dangerous situations without weapons - sometimes without realising it."

Image Credits: Rex Features

 

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