In Brooke Shields‘ new Hulu documentary, Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields, she reveals that she was raped in her early twenties by someone in Hollywood, whom she chooses not to name, when they met to speak about a potential movie role. And during today’s episode of The View, the actress opened up about why she decided to come forward now, nearly four decades after it happened.
While Shields kept the assault private since 1987, she said there were “many reasons” why she chose to tell the world in her documentary — one being that she was “in good hands” with director Lana Wilson.
Aside from knowing she was in “a safe zone” and that her story would be “handled properly,” the Blue Lagoon star said that she “had done so much work” and that she’s in “such a different place” now.
“During that period of time in my life, I was pretty desperate,” she admitted. “I did not know what was happening in my career, I couldn’t afford anything else not helping me. And I thought I was gonna get a movie.”
Shields noted that “women in Hollywood are different” now — presumably since the #MeToo movement — and that “having daughters” has also changed her outlook.
“I’m in a place now where I’ve really sort of shaped my career and I’m excited about the future,” she added, before dishing on a Netflix movie she’s working on in Thailand. “I’m in such a place that I’m owning all of it and I’ve spent the time working on myself.”
Shields continued, “I felt that if I did a documentary and only gave 90%, that that would be inauthentic. And as a mother of two daughters, I wanted them to know that this stuff happens and it’s still happening and it needs to not happen.”
The View airs on weekdays at 11/10c on ABC. Plus, the two-part documentary Pretty Baby: Brooke Shields premieres on April 3 on Hulu.
If you or someone you know needs to reach out about sexual abuse or assault, RAINN is available 24/7 at 800-656-HOPE (4673), or online at RAINN.org.
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