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Thandie Newton Recalls Sexual Abuse Encounter with Male Director

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Thandie Newton attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 28: Thandie Newton attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

*In an interview with W Magazine, actress Thandie Newton recounts the time a disgusting male casting director took advantage of her by asking her to do inappropriate things on camera — things that would later come back to haunt her.

“A director, on a callback, 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. 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,” she recalled.

It wasn’t until years later at a film festival where Newton learned that the director was showing her audition tape to his friends. The “Crash” actress said a producer drunkenly told her, “Oh, Thandie, I’ve seen you recently!” After her husband confronted the man, Newton found out what happened to her casting video.

“It turns out that the director was showing that audition tape to his friends after poker games at his house,” the actress said. “And they would all get off on it.”

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Newton’s experience sheds light on the seedy underbelly of Hollywood. Citing her two young daughters as motivation, Newton is using this experience to warn young actress about what they may encounter in the business.

“I was so so naïve 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″ she said. “One person will read this and it will stop them getting sexually abused by a director. That’s the person I’m interested in.”

Newton, who is set to star on the HBO series “Westworld,” has spoken about this incident in the past and continues to share this candid tale in the hopes that it prevents other acting hopefuls from experiencing similar trauma.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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