Charlize Theron has said in a new interview that she was sexually assaulted by a “famous director” early in her career. The actor appears in the new drama Bombshell as Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. The film focuses on the removal of Fox News boss Roger Ailes over accusations of sexual harassment.
Speaking to NPR to promote the film, Theron detailed her own account of harassment, which she says happened in 1994 and involved a “very famous director”.
Theron says she visited the director’s house on a Saturday night for an audition.
“He wore silk pajamas and offered me a drink and rubbed my knee,” she said. “I was just starting out; I didn’t know the ins and outs, and said to myself as I was driving there at 9pm … ‘Maybe that’s how they do it in the movie industry?’”
She continued: “You don’t [know what to do] … if you haven’t experienced it, it’s a very difficult thing to wrap your head around. I wasn’t even fully convinced this was sexual harassment until later in my career.
“I put a lot of blame on myself… that I didn’t say all the right things, and that I didn’t tell him to take a hike, and that I didn’t do all of those things that we do want to believe we’ll do in those situations.”
Theron refused to give the name of the director.