Gross Director Sexually Abused A Teenage Thandie Newton And Then Made A Video To Show All His Gross Friends

Thandie NewtonMarried mother of two, Thandie Newton just got real candid about some casting couch abuse she endured as a fresh young thing looking to make it in the movie business. Unfortunately though, the abuse didn’t just end with that one highly degrading audition.

Thandie Newton reportedly joined “throngs” of protesters in London in support of One Billion Rising, a campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the routine abuse of women. In an interview with CNN, the actress shared how she was consistently exploited and degraded by professionals in the entertainment industry beginning at the age of 16. Particularly with regarding to the ”kinds of things I was expected to do in auditions.”

She describes one incident as “horrific”:

“There was one horrific incident where I went back for a second audition,” she said. “The director asked me to sit with my legs apart; the camera was right positioned where it could see up my skirt.”

Newton said the director told her to “put my leg over the arm of the chair, and before I started my dialogue, think about the character I was supposed to be having the dialogue with and how it felt to be made love to by this person.”

Thandie Newton says what was most confusing for her is that the abuse was happening in a “professional environment,” with another female casting director in the room.

But the exploitation came back to haunt her three years later when her husband learned that said faux masturbatory video was being used as after dinner entertainment thanks to that pervy director. A tipsy producer tipped off Newton’s husband at the Cannes Film Festival that this scum bag was showing the footage to guests during “late-night parties.”

And on tonight’s menu, we have after dinner cocktails and truffles accompanied by a mass viewing of a teenage girl masturbating to my demands! Barf.

(photo: Featureflash / Shutterstock)

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  • Paul White

    was she underage? can he still be prosecuted if she was?

    • K.

      I bet it varies state-to-state and my suspicion is that probably not because sexual abuse usually carries a statute of limitation for prosecution.

      The disturbing part to me is that people would actually be ‘entertained’ by this at a party AND that this director felt that whatever social ‘cache’ he’d earn by showing the video actually outweighed the possibility that he’d be criminally investigated and professionally blackballed for showing a video of him abusing a successful actress–in other words, that he felt the video of him committing a crime was more of an asset than a liability.

      But by coming forward, if this douche–or if there are other douches out there–is still doing such things to young actresses, she might inspire a more recent victim to have the courage to seek charges and stop future abuses. Such a horrific, horrific story and Newton is brave to talk about it. I thank Newton for that bravery.

  • David

    its art !

  • Stephen Jones

    The Telegraph UK 16 Oct 2011
    Thandie Newton is not the sort of actress you need to coax, flatter or cajole for revelations of any sort. ‘Honestly, I could tell a story,’ she says, seconds after sitting down, ‘that would make your hair stand on end. Literally. Honestly, it beggars belief. But I’d better not because people will have a reaction to it.’

    Moments later she is telling me everything – the director, ‘the typical Hollywood grosser’, who screen-tested her when she was just starting out, and how, in the interests of the role, he told her to lie back, one leg over the chair, and touch herself, and then years later she finds out he would show the tape, ‘literally shooting up my skirt’, to people at night. ‘I did it because it was sort of a sexy role. I was totally naive,’ she says, wincing.

    16 Months ago ….

    But notice the new slant:
    ‘I did it because it was sort of a sexy role. I was totally naive,’ she says, wincing

    Changes to:
    “I’m 18 years old, you know, and I’m thinking this is, obviously normal. I thought I was in a protected environment, that there were boundaries.”

    So Thandie …. which was it? And what will it be next time?