Reese Witherspoon is the cover girl of Vanity Fair this month, and in a recent interview she did with them, she really opened up about some of the hardships she has faced in Hollywood.
She also talked about being assaulted at just 16-years-old, and why she never spoke up about all that until recently.
When asked if she thought being a child actor was downright dangerous, Reese replied with, “Ah, yes.”
“Bad things happened to me. I was assaulted, harassed. It wasn’t isolated. I recently had a journalist ask me about it.”
“She said, Well, why didn’t you speak up sooner? And I thought that’s so interesting to talk to someone who experienced those things and then judge them for the way they decide to speak about them.”
“You tell your story in your own time when you’re ready.”
Instagram; Reese strikes a pose in the photo above
She went on to share that this reporter actually shamed her over not talking about what happened to her sooner.
“But the shame that she tried to put on me was unreal, and then she wrote about how selfish I was for not bringing it up sooner.”
“There wasn’t a public reckoning 25 years ago when this stuff happened to me. There wasn’t a forum to speak about it either.”
“Social media has created a new way for people to express themselves that I didn’t have. That’s the great strength in power and numbers.”
“I think we have a lot of judgment and that’s unfortunate because we’re all tender footed in these new times. We’re trying to find our identity.”
In October of 2017 while speaking at Elle Women In Hollywood is when Reese chose to reveal what she had experienced.
Instagram; Reese smiles in the photo above
This wasn’t long after Harvey Weinstein was initially publicly called out for what he had done to some of the women in Hollywood.
On stage, Reese said, “[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.”
“And I wish that I could tell you that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly it wasn’t.”
“I’ve had multiple experiences of harassment and sexual assault and I don’t speak about them very often.”
“But after hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these brave women speak up tonight about things that we’re kind of told to sweep under the rug and not to talk about, it’s made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I actually felt less alone this week than I have ever felt in my entire career.”
I’ve loved Reese ever since I saw her in Legally Blonde and hearing what she has to say only makes me love her even more.
If you have been sexually assaulted or you know someone who has, you can reach out to National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE.
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