Reese Witherspoon Reveals a Director Sexually Assaulted Her When She Was 16

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Over the past couple of weeks, thousands of women — celebrities and non-celebrities alike — have been sharing their stories of sexual abuse and harassment. This week, both Jennifer Lawrence and Reese Witherspoon came forward to talk about their own experiences at Monday night’s Women in Hollywood event in Los Angeles.

Reese Witherspoon is truly one-of-a-kind. Her memorable roles in everything from Legally Blonde to Big Little Lies have earned her a reputation as one of Hollywood’s superstars.

Sadly, Witherspoon’s career has also been marked by sexual harassment. This week, she added her name to the growing list of celebrities who experienced sexual harassment within the entertainment industry.

“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,” she said.

Witherspoon then continued, saying, “[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.”

She then added, “I actually felt less alone this week than I have ever felt in my entire career.”  

She ended her speech by saying that things are going to be different for other women in the industry from now on. “For the young women in this room, life is going to be different because we’re with you, we have your back and it makes me feel better,” she said.