British actress Keira Knightley has become part of the #MeToo movement after revealing that she has been sexually assaulted four times till date.
In an interview with Variety magazine about her latest role in Colette, the British actress disclosed that she had decided to the #MeToo movement against sexual abuse and harassment of women. However, the Pirates of the Caribbean star added that she had not been assaulted by anyone in the industry.
Kiera Knightly has joined the #MeToo campaign
Knightly told the magazine:
"In my personal life, when I’ve been in bars, I can count four times when I’ve been what I’d say was assaulted in a minor way. I think everyone has battled their fair share of monsters. It’s not just actresses. It’s teachers; it’s lawyers. I’m not talking about rape, but I’m talking about the people who had been grabbed in pubs or their breasts had been fondled by somebody they didn’t know or they’d had someone shove a hand up their skirt."
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She also added that the power culture in Hollywood, with powerful male figures at the top, was contributed to the abuse of power, saying, “I was aware of the culture of silencing women and the culture of bullying them, and I knew that men in the industry were allowed to behave in very different ways than women.” Kiera stressed that her choice of period dramas was deliberate as they often presented ‘inspiring’ female protagonists, while most modern scripts portrayed women ‘distastefully’.
Kiera, who is 32 years old and shares daughter Edie with husband James Righton, also spoke about Harvey Weinstein in the magazine, saying that she was ‘never asked for massages or anything like that’ by the producer.