Reese Witherspoon may be an Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winner, but she was just 15-years-old when she landed her first breakout role, A Man on the Moon. Now, the actress is speaking out about the "bad things" that happened to her as a child star.
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In an interview with Vanity Fair, Witherspoon was asked, "is it dangerous to be a child working in an adult world", to which she said, "Bad things happened to me. I was assaulted, harassed. It wasn't isolated."
Discussing her experiences has also been a challenge, she said. "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. 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."
She added, "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."
Witherspoon has long been an advocate for the Time's Up and Me Too movement.