Charlize Theron recently detailed her own sexual harassment experience at the hands of a prominent director. One that she’s named before in a previous interview.
In an interview with the National Public Radio, the Bombshell star revealed how the media had protected her harasser. Over the course of her revelation, the actress noted that she had divulged the identity of the said director — but his name was never published.
“I actually did disclose his name,” the 44-year-old mentioned. “You don’t know that because every time I disclosed his name, the journalist made the decision to not write his name, and it goes to show just how deeply systemic this problem is.”
Theron then explained that the first time she was asked about her own “casting couch experience,” she openly recounted the harassment “and named him.” The actress then went on to say that since Harvey Weinstein was exposed she “for the first time ever, Googled the story and the story came up everywhere.”
But despite the story appearing everywhere, the director’s name was never mentioned. Something that Theron describes as “incredibly upsetting to me.”
As for whether Theron will reveal his name again, in light of the #MeToo movement, the Oscar winner said she’s “conflicted in the sense that I know that, if I said his name again while I’m promoting this film, that it would take over the importance of this story and that would become the story.”
While Theron is more than willing to say his name once again, she explains that she didn’t want to shift media attention from her film Bombshell to the said individual. “So there will be a right time where I will talk about this again, and I will say his name, yes.”
Laura is a reporter and a gossip columnist for Best in Australia. She focuses on celebrities, science and social affairs in Australia and worldwide.