Brooke Shields Opens Up About Sexual Assault, Blames Herself

Brooke Shields
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Brooke Shields opened up about a sexual assault she said happened thirty years ago — allegedly committed by a powerful Hollywood executive — and said that she blames herself.

In the 57-year-old actress’ upcoming two-part Hulu documentary, “Brooke Shields: Pretty Baby” the “Blue Lagoon” star explained she never told anyone about the assault and said back then “people weren’t believing those stories,” People magazine reported.

“No one is going to believe me,” Shields said. “People weren’t believing those stories back then. I thought I would never work again.”

“Doing the documentary, you see it all together, and it’s a miracle that I survived,” she added of the assault in her 20s. “It’s taken me a long time to process it.”

“I’m more angry now than I was able to be then,” the actress continued. “If you’re afraid, you’re rightfully so. They are scary situations. They don’t have to be violent to be scary.”

The “Endless Love” star, at the time of the assault, had just graduated from college and was struggling to find work. She went to dinner with this Hollywood executive believing she was going to get a job, a role in a movie.

Shields said after dinner the person said she could call for a cab from his hotel room and it was there she said the assault occurred.

“I didn’t fight,” the actress said in the documentary. “I just froze.”

Afterwards she blamed herself saying, “Why did I go up with him? I shouldn’t have had that drink at dinner.'”

“It was really easy to disassociate because by then it was old hat,” Shields said. “And because it was a fight-or-flight type of choice. Fight was not an option, so you just leave your body. ‘You’re not there. It didn’t happen.'”

“I’d always had a sense of disassociation from my body. From my sexuality,” she added. “I was mostly a cover girl … And it was just easier to shut myself off. I was good at it.”

Shields said she decided to do the documentary “with the hopes of helping people not feel alone. Everybody processes their own trauma on a different timeline. I want to be an advocate for women to be able to speak their truth.”

The actress is married to comedy writer and director Chris Henchy and the two share two daughters together.

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