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Thandie Newton opens up about being sexually harassed during an audition by an unnamed director

Updated On 03 Jul, 2016 Published On

English Actress Thandie Newton has opened up about being sexually harassed by a director during an audition in the early stages of her career.

“A director, on a callback, had a camera shooting up my skirt and asked me to touch my t–s and think about the guy making love to me in the scene,” she said. “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.” 

The 43-year-old, however, was kind enough (or professional enough) as she neither named the director nor did she even give any hints about what movie she was auditioning for.

DID YOU KNOW?

Thandie Newton married Ol Parker in 1998, welcoming their first daughter, Ripley, in 2000, another daughter named Nico in 2004, and a son named Booker in 2014. 

The unnamed director wasn't the only one at the receiving end of the reveal as 'The Crash' actress also opened up  about how years later a drunk producer approached her and said he’d seen her recently. 

“And he lurched away looking really shocked that he’d said that,” Newton said. 

She said her husband later asked the producer to explain his comments and only then did she find out, and we quote, “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,”

Although not everything was gloomy as the actress confirmed she learned some valuable lessons from the experience. 

“I was so, so naive when I started out and I realize now that we have to prepare our kids – I’ve got two beautiful daughters, one is 16, one is 11. But one person will read this and it will stop them getting sexually abused by a director. That’s the person I’m interested in.” said 'The Pursuit of Happyness' star.

Newton will be next seen as Maeve Millay, the beautiful and sharp madame, in a new HBO TV series - Westworld - which is scheduled to release in October.