Brooke Shields was raped in her early 20s but kept the attack secret for decades. The Blue Lagoon actress, 57, said she was attacked by a man after they had dinner to discuss her film project dreams, but added she was so traumatized she refused to believe it had happened and has not spoken about it publicly until now.
The child star – whose earliest roles included sex and nudity – said she went to dinner with her attacker, who she has not named, after she was trying to get back into acting following her 1987 graduation from Princeton University. She recalled about going to his room after the meal: “I go up to the hotel room, and he disappears for a while.”
Brooke added she picked up a pair of binoculars in the room and was using them to watch some volleyball players out of the window when the man returned naked and launched his assault.
She said: “I put the binoculars down and he’s right on me. Just like, was wrestling. I thought one ‘No’ should’ve been enough, and I just thought, ‘Stay alive and get out,’ and I just shut it out.
“God knows I knew how to be disassociated from my body. I’d practised that.’” Brooke added she got in a taxi after the rape and cried all the way back to her friend’s apartment. She said she told her head of security Gavin de Becker about the incident, who told her: “That’s rape.”
But Brooke said she responded she was not “willing to believe that.” She said she wrote to her attacker years later, but he did not reply. Brooke added despite his silence she refused to feel like “a victim,” and had “wanted to erase the whole thing from my mind and body and just keep on the path I was on.”
She also said: “The system had never once come to help me. So, I just had to get stronger on my own.”
“I was afraid I’d get choked out or something. So, I didn’t fight that much. I didn’t. I just absolutely froze.
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