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Keira Knightley; ‘paparazzi used to call me a wh***’

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In a recent talk with the New York Times, as part of the TimesTalks series, Keira Knightley has revealed the shocking behaviour of the paparazzi and how they used to treat her:

“Having 20 to 30 men who you don't know on a 24-hour surveillance outside your house calling you a ‘whore’ every time you leave the door to try to get a reaction from you is quite a difficult thing to deal with, when you're 18 or 19.” 

“It was a time when there was a lot of money for pictures of women crying or of women in some state of undress,” she continued, “You'd walk down he street and you'd have men trying to get under your skirt to take pictures up your skirt and all the time calling you a 'whore' or all the time spitting at you or all the time trying to get a reaction from the guy you were with because it would make the price of that photograph quadruple.”

“When you've got a price on your head like that it is a difficult thing to deal with. It was a very particular kind of misogyny. [It was difficult] for a woman who was brought up in a very left-wing household, who was taught that there's equality and taught about feminism. And then to realise that sort of behaviour was mainstream and that was our culture was a brutal realisation.”

Benedict Cumberbatch, who was also being interviewed in the same talk promoting their film The Imitation Game, reiterated his co-star's words. He experienced Keira's treatment first-hand, as the two have been friends since they starred in Atonement, and branded it as "just disgusting" behaviour. 

However, the 29-year-old said now that she's married and expecting her first child with her husband James Righton, 31, she doesn't get hounded in the same way. 

Keira and husband James Righton

Keira and husband James Righton

“I think there's a certain point where you get married, you get pregnant and they're like, 'Hey, she's not going out and getting drunk’.I think there is a level that you grow out of it.”

In another interview, this time with Ellen Degeneres on The Ellen Show, Keira spoke in depth about her pregnancy and how she's annoyed that she can't drink at this year's Oscars. 

“I'm up for an Oscar and I can't drink at the Oscars! I went to the doctor, because you have a lot of check-ups when you're pregnant, and the doctor said 'any questions?' I was like 'when can I drink?' Please!"

“My husband's having a great time. There's a lot of free champagne, so he thinks that because I'm not drinking it, he has to.”

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