How to Get Away With Murder actress Karla Souza has come forward - with her allegations while speaking to CNN en Español on Tuesday, February 20 - to claim that she was sexually assaulted and raped by a director in her early career.
The 32-year-old reality star claimed that the incident took place in her hotel room while filming on location in her native Mexico. As per the report, Karla had been separated from her co-stars and was staying in a different hotel with the director, whom she refused to name.
‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Alum Karla Souza Alleges She Was Raped by a Director in Mexico
Noting that her refusal to let the director in served as a detriment to her career, Karla recalled.
He knocked on my door saying he wanted to go over some scenes and I thought, ‘It’s 2 a.m., it’s not appropriate and it’s something that shouldn’t be happening. He decided not to shoot my scene … He suddenly started to humiliate me in front of the others on set. This was the psychological control that he held over me.
The Everybody Loves Somebody star continued that, after suffering through the director’s “total abuse of power” for a month, she felt compelled to “give in” to his advances.
Wiping away tears, she claimed,
I ended up yielding to him to kiss me, to touch me in ways I did not want him to touch me. In one of those instances, he violently assaulted me and yes, he raped me.
However, the 65-year-old filmmaker denied all claims made against him.