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One of the documentaries premiered at the Sundance Film Festival is “Pretty baby”directed by Lena Wilson and that narrates the life of the actress Brooke Shields. On the tape, she herself comments on her rise to fame from a very young age, but also reveals that in 1987, when he was 22 years old and shortly after graduating from Princeton University, he was the victim of sexual abuse by a man whose identity he has not wanted to reveal.
Shields -currently 57 years old- said that at that time he wanted to continue acting, after a stage in which he was successful with leading roles in films such as Blue lagoon Y Endless love. One night she had dinner with a man to discuss a possible job, but later she went to the hotel room where he was staying to hail a taxi: “He disappeared for a while…the door opens, he appears naked and he is right over me, as if I was fighting.”
Brooke did not try to run away, fearing that the physical attack could be worse.: “I was afraid of being strangled or something, so I didn’t fight much. I completely froze. I thought ‘no’ should have been enough, and I just said to myself, ‘Stay alive and get out,’ and just shut up. God knows that he knew how to disassociate me from my body. He had practiced it… I went down in the elevator and took my own taxi. I cried all the way to my friend’s apartment.”
For a long time, the actress did not assume that it had been a rape and even felt guilty. “I told myself, ‘I refuse to be a victim because this is something that happens, no matter who you are and no matter if you think you’re ready or not…I wanted to erase the whole thing from my mind and body and move on. the way it was on. The system had never come to help me. So I had to get stronger on my own.”
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