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Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon revealed Monday that she was sexually assaulted when she was 16 years old and had "multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault" throughout her Hollywood career.
The “Big Little Lies” actress spoke Monday at the Elle Women in Hollywood event and shared her experiences with sexual misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
“This has been a really hard week for women in Hollywood, for women all over the world, and a lot of situations and a lot of industries are forced to remember and relive a lot of ugly truths,” Witherspoon said. “I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having about anxiety, honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier."
Witherspoon revealed, “[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment."
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